NORTH ADAMS -- The city's fire and police directors are now in charge of their respective departments. Mayor Richard J. Alcombright announced Friday that he has suspended the search for a new Public Safety Commissioner.
Commissioner E. John Morocco, who retired on June 30, 2011 but has remained in the position on a part-time basis during the city's search process which included a lengthy discussion about the structure of the public safety department, will end his tenure on Sept. 30.
"I've been married to position because it was a great management reporting position," Alcombright said Friday. "However, in no way, am I going to settle just to have someone to fill it. After completing the search process, I sat down with Administrative Officer Michael Canales and with Commissioner Morocco, we felt that it is apparent that we have two very experienced directors, who will be able to continue to manage our police and fire services."
He added, "Fire Director Steve Meranti and Police Director Michael Cozzaglio will assume full responsibility for their respective departments effective immediately