Appointment of Executive Director of Berkshire Works

Mayor Daniel Bianchi is announcing the appointment of Executive Director of Berkshire Works, a position that is currently held by former North Adams Mayor John Barrett.  Barrett served under a two year contract, which began at the end of former Mayor James Ruberto’s term. Mayor Bianchi is appointing William Monterosso to the position.

A Pittsfield native and U.S Marine Corps Veteran, Mr. Monterosso graduated from Taconic High School, and from Glenville State College, West Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management. He was certified as a workforce development professional in 2003. His professional experience includes over fifteen years of service in workforce development. His most current position is Executive Director of the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mr. Monterosso’s past experience also includes Executive Director with the Office of Employment and Training in Kentucky, and the Program Director for the Workforce Investment Board in West Virginia. Much of his job duties have included leading and managing upwards approximately 700 employees, leveraging millions of dollars in grant funding, developing and managing budgets, and cultivating relationships between the organizations and communities in which he served in West Virginia. Mr. Monterosso also serves on the Board of Directors for the Habitat for Humanity.

Mayor Bianchi is the appointing authority as a result of being the “lead elected official” as defined by statutes. Bianchi said “this position serves all of Berkshire County” The mayor invited mayor Alcombright and a volunteer member of the Berkshire Town Managers Association to participate in the final round of interviews. Matthew Kerwood, Richmond Town Manager also participated. “We were impressed by the three finalists ”said Bianchi. “Berkshire County will be well served by an experienced work force development expert of Mr. Monterosso’s caliber.”

Mr. Monterosso will begin at Berkshire Works on Tuesday, January 21St.