PITTSFIELD — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington has selected longtime Hampden County prosecutor Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney.
And retired Supreme Judicial Court Judge Francis X. Spina will lead the transition team for the office.
“Right now our top priority is ensuring that the important work that is ongoing at the District Attorney’s Office continued uninterrupted,” she told The Eagle. “Part of that is making sure I have a strong team in place ready to go on Jan 2.”
Harrington, the Democratic nominee who fended off a write-in campaign by Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello on Nov. 6, made those announcements on Wednesday as she looks ahead to taking over the office next year. Harrington and Spina are expected to announce a full transition team after Thanksgiving.
Bell has spent 20 years as assistant district attorney in Hampden County, having worked in all areas of prosecution including the appellate division, District Court division, grand jury, and the Superior Court division. She has prosecuted thousands of cases and most recently served as a member of the Hampden DA’s Superior Court Homicide Unit, according to a statement from Harrington.
Like Harrington, Bell will be the first woman to hold her title in Berkshire County.
Spina, who also lives in Richmond, was the second assistant district attorney under Anthony Ruberto, the county’s first DA, in 1978, and worked on his transition into the office, which had previously been part of the Hampden District.