City of Clarksburg Accountant Resigns and City Discusses Hiring of Temporary Replacement | North Berkshire
CLARKSBURG – Amid tensions within city government, the Clarksburg accountant resigned Thursday morning.
Angela Garrity informed city officials via email that she would be stepping down as the accountant several days later. His resignation letter quotes âAdministrative mattersâ, among other reasons for his departure.
“Apparently the treasurer’s office is having trouble with the accountant working remotely and pointing fingers !!” Garrity’s email is read. “I cannot and will not be stressed and I have not signed up for this. I have other cities I work for that have never given me problems like this !!!”
Garrity said she was hired in January for part-time work and has decades of municipal work experience, including more than ten years in municipal accounting. She said she started working remotely and wanted to continue that way, but there had been issues recently.
âI don’t really want to go any further,â she said with a sigh. “I would say the cooperation was not there.”
Asked about stress and other issues cited in her letter, she replied that it was about âCommunication and cooperation. That’s about all I can say.
“I wish them the best of luck,” she said. “I’m sorry it ended this way.” She added: “I left for personal reasons.”
Garrity’s resignation comes amid turmoil at City Hall.
Clarksburg struggled to keep up with payments after its treasurer left last year, resulting in overdrawn accounts, canceled life insurance policies and public unrest. The city says its finances remain strong and is working to resolve accounting issues.
Hill-Town Municipal Accounting Services was hired in August to help close the books for fiscal year 2021, which ended June 30. Terry Green, of Hill-Town, said at a board meeting in late August that when she visited the office, she saw “really no organization, basically no rhyme or reason. were finding things, mail that hadn’t been opened since March. “
Garrity said the accountant’s role in closing the books comes after the office of the treasurer and collector. “I can’t close anything until this department is ready.”
Amy Cariddi, city treasurer and tax collector, could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Northern Berkshire School Union officials have expressed concern over the accounting issues.
At the board meeting in late August, Ron Boucher, then chairman of the board, raised his voice to city administrator Rebecca Stone in a conversation about accounting issues. from the city.
Stone left the meeting. She has been on extended sick leave, Select board chair Danielle Luchi told The Eagle last week, and neither Stone nor Luchi could be reached for comment on Monday.
Boucher later apologized at the meeting for the “explosion” and a week later resigned. From now on, the selection committee has only two members.
Garrity’s departure is expected to be discussed at the next board meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Clarksburg Community Center. Also on the program: Hill-Town Municipal Accounting Services takes over the accounting work on an interim basis.