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New Pittsfield Public Works Head Talks Wastewater Plant, Plans

Josh Landes
Pittsfield Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales

Last week, Pittsfield, Massachusetts named former city engineer Ricardo Morales its new commissioner of Public Services and Utilities. Morales was hired by the city in 2018 after a career in the private sector working in construction and an education in civil engineering. Mayor Linda Tyer says overseeing the multimillion dollar upgrade of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and carrying out the redesign of Tyler Street would be among Morales’ top priorities. Morales sat down with WAMC to talk about his vision for the department, as well as the status of projects like the wastewater treatment plant.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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