Posted Monday, June 24, 2019 8:27 pm
By Dick Lindsay, The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — The man who set the tone for the city’s Licensing Board the past 13 years has resigned.
Chairman Carmen Massimiano informed Mayor Linda Tyer earlier this month he was stepping down, effective June 6.
Tyer formally announced the resignation in a letter read Monday afternoon at the board’s monthly meeting.
“On behalf of the city of Pittsfield, I would like to extend my appreciation to Mr. Massimiano for his meaningful contributions to the Licensing Board and for his dedicated service to the community,” wrote Tyer.
The mayor must now bring forward a nominee for City Council approval to fill the vacancy. Former mayor James Ruberto appointed Massimiano and named him chairman in January of 2006 to fill a vacancy on what was then a three-person panel. Tyer has named board vice chairman, Thomas Campoli as the new chairman. Campoli was one of two people Ruberto added to the board in September of 2011 when it expanded from three to five members.
Campoli said at the beginning of Monday’s meeting that Massimiano resigned for health reasons. The former Berkshire County Sheriff of 32 years also cited his health as reason for not seeking reelection as sheriff in 2010. The 74-year-old has missed a number of Licensing Board meetings in recent years, but did chair the board’s May 20 meeting.