Pittsfield Mayor Appoints New Veterans' Agent, Former Has Filed Discrimination Complaint
Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi has selected a new director of veterans’ services, filling a void left by the termination of the former director this summer. The appointment goes before the City Council on Wednesday.Mayor Bianchi has appointed James Clark as Pittsfield’s new director of veterans’ services. Bianchi suspended and then fired director Rosanne Frieri in August over performance concerns. The mayor says Clark is a combat veteran with about 30 years in the military including time at West Point.
“He has a deep knowledge of the laws relative to veterans’ rights,” Bianchi said. “I’m really looking forward to having him here. I think he is going to be a great advocate for our veterans.”
Frieri, who also serves as veterans’ agent for six other area towns, filed a wrongful termination complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discriminationin September, which has not been resolved.