Two Massachusetts Firefighters Resign After Residency Challenged

  • Source: The Berkshires Online
  • Published: 06/18/2019 12:00 AM

Two newly hired firefighters resigned after Civil Service ruled they were incorrectly given a residency preference on the Civil Service exam. The Civil Service Commission called for an investigation into the matter after a bypass appeal was filed late last fall. Justin Brady had taken the exam but did not get a position with the Pittsfield Fire Department. He filed a bypass appeal claiming three candidates above him — Lucas Perry, Jonathan LaCasse, and Nicholas Amuso — did not qualify for the residency preference they were given. Brady's bypass appeal was denied since all of the candidates scored higher on the exam so technically he hadn't been bypassed. But he requested an investigation believing those three should not have been above him on the list because of the residency preference. Brady stated that both Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski and Director of Personnel Michael Taylor were unaware of the 12-month residency rule and he challenged the city's efforts to ensure that rule was followed.


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