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Tom Bernard ’92, who has served as the mayor of North Adams since 2018, will not run for a third term this year. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bernard.)

Tom Bernard ’92 announces he will not seek reelection as North Adams mayor

Joey Fox March 3, 2021
North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard ’92 announced Feb. 23 that he would not seek reelection this year to a third term in office. Bernard, who grew up in North Adams before attending the College, was elected in 2017 and reelected in 2019, both times with commanding majorities.
Feb. 22 Select Board meeting: Board plans hiring process for interim police chief, town manager

Feb. 22 Select Board meeting: Board plans hiring process for interim police chief, town manager

Also: In annual review, Select Board praises Hoch for leadership of Town
Ella Marx February 28, 2021
At the meeting on Feb. 22, the Williamstown Select Board planned for the hiring of an interim town manager and an interim chief of the Williamstown Police Department.
Williamstown takes first steps to remove old streetlights. (Megan Lin/The Williams Record)

Williamstown CO2-lowering committee takes first steps towards converting street lights to LEDs

Isabelle Zollinger February 24, 2021
After a decade of community organizing, Williamstown may soon be getting new street lights. On Feb. 8, the Williamstown Select Board unanimously approved an intra-municipal agreement to transfer jurisdiction of Williamstown’s street lights from the fire department to the Town Hall, making the Town fiscally responsible for the lights. The decision is the first step in the Town making the switch from high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to more environmentally friendly LED ones.
Spring Street businesses hope for better business in the spring (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Spring Street businesses hope for successful spring as occupancy limits loosen, students return

Shannon Billups, Sophie Haase, and Kiara Royer February 24, 2021

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker loosened COVID-19 guidelines on Feb. 8, allowing certain businesses — such as restaurants, movie theaters, and retail spaces, among others — to increase their...

Jason Hoch, who has served as town manager since 2015, announced that he will resign.

Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch to resign

Kevin Yang, Jeongyoon Han, and Ella Marx February 21, 2021
Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced Friday that he will resign from his position. He will stay on the job for up to 60 days and oversee the transition through May while the Select Board hires an interim town manager. Hoch, an alum of the College who has served as town manager since 2015, came under scrutiny after Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan alleged in a August 2020 federal lawsuit that Hoch did not adequately investigate allegations of racism and sexual assault within the WPD.
Feb. 8 Select Board meeting: Town Manager Hoch slows hiring process for interim chief after criticism

Feb. 8 Select Board meeting: Town Manager Hoch slows hiring process for interim chief after criticism

Also: Select Board picks attorney to investigate WPD misconduct
Kevin Yang and Ella Marx February 17, 2021
Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 said at the Feb. 8 Select Board that he would slow down the search for an interim police chief after several Town residents criticized him for fielding candidates without first assembling an advisory committee.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School (Niku Darafshi ’21, The Williams  Record)

Mt. Greylock HS Zoom attack perpetrated by students of color, investigation finds

Joey Fox February 17, 2021
An investigation into a Jan. 21 Zoom-bombing attack that targeted a Black child of College employees has concluded that the primary perpetrator was a student of color, Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Jake McCandless said at a school committee meeting on Thursday. 
‘This is our homeland’: Stockbridge-Munsee Historic Preservation Office establishes itself in Williamstown

‘This is our homeland’: Stockbridge-Munsee Historic Preservation Office establishes itself in Williamstown

Ella Marx February 5, 2021
The Stockbridge-Munsee Historic Preservation Office, which relocated to Williamstown from Troy, N.Y., in October, has begun work on the preservation and protection of Stockbridge-Munsee history.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School (Niku Darafshi ’21, The Williams  Record)

Racist Zoom attack at Mt. Greylock HS targets College employees’ child

Incident reignites broader concerns over racism in Williamstown
Tali Natter, Cameron Pugh, and Lindsay Wang January 31, 2021
The child of College employees was the target of a racist, anti-Black Zoom-bombing attack during a Mount Greylock Regional High School (MGRHS) class on Jan. 21. A student from another school district subsequently took responsibility for the attack following an investigation by MGRHS.
Jan. 25 Select Board meeting: Two Williamstown employees resign after misconduct complaint

Jan. 25 Select Board meeting: Two Williamstown employees resign after misconduct complaint

Ella Marx and Kevin Yang January 28, 2021
Also at Monday’s meeting, Select Board member Jeffrey Thomas announced that he would be stepping down, and the board discussed next steps in the Town’s investigation into Williamstown Police Department (WPD) misconduct and the search process for a new police chief. Here are the main takeaways from the meeting. 
Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 24, 2020
On Dec. 15, Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan withdrew a lawsuit he filed this August against the Town of Williamstown, Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 and former WPD Chief Kyle Johnson. The withdrawal of the lawsuit came immediately following Johnson’s resignation as police chief on Dec. 14.
Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 14, 2020
Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced that WPD Lieutenant Mike Ziemba would take responsibilities for Johnson as interim chief.
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