PITTSFIELD — Andrea Harrington will take City Solicitor Rich Dohoney with her when she takes the reins of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office next month.
Harrington announced Tuesday that Dohoney will be her deputy district attorney, and that Salem attorney Jeanne Kempthorne will join the team as Harrington’s chief of appeals and legal counsel.
Karen Bell, whom Harrington hired as the office’s first assistant district attorney, started working in the office Monday to prepare for the January trial list. Harrington said Wednesday she worked with current District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to get Bell in before January.
“They were very gracious about that,” Harrington said of Caccaviello’s team.
In November, Harrington handily won the district attorney’s seat — she earned about 63 percent of the vote — fending off a write-in campaign mounted by Caccaviello and capping a contentious election season. She won her place on the ballot in September following a tight three-way Democratic primary with Caccaviello and Judith Knight.
Harrington, who ran a reformer’s platform, will be sworn in by retired Supreme Judicial Court Judge Francis X. Spina on Jan. 2 during a public event, at 10 a.m. at the Berkshire Museum. She’ll be the county’s first female district attorney.
As Harrington’s deputy district attorney, Dohoney will head up prosecution in District Court and Juvenile Court, will oversee the administrative staff, and “will be responsible for implementing and administering new initiatives.”
“I am honored that District Attorney-elect Harrington has asked me to serve in this new role,” Dohoney said in a news release. “I was inspired by the vision she articulated during her campaign and look forward to putting my courtroom skills to work to improve our community.”
Dohoney’s new position begins Jan. 2, and his city solicitor duties end Dec. 31.
Leadership lines up under Harrington
Kempthorne brings 36 years of legal experience to her new role in Berkshire County, according to a release, and for Harrington she will oversee training, ethics, appeals and diversion. Kempthorne served as assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston for 11 years, the release states, as part of the Major Crimes Unit, the Economic Crimes Unit, and as chief of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit. Kempthorne has also served the state as commissioner of the State Ethics Commission, and is a graduate of Radcliffe College, now an arm of Harvard, and Berkeley Law School.
Harrington said she’s pleased with the team that’s coming together.
“I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior leadership team in the Berkshire County District,” she said in a news release.
Harrington also appointed a transition team co-chair, Celia Clancy, a consultant and former head of Country Curtains, who will spearhead a public outreach campaign for the office. Harrington said she will use that public input to fuel her priorities in the coming year.
“That’ll be something that continues,” she said.