State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The enforcement division of the state Ethics Commission has filed an order to show cause alleging that the town’s fire chief and former select board member had perpetrated multiple conflict of interest law violations. According to a release distributed by the commission, West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput allegedly voted to reappoint […]

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

STOCKBRIDGE — The search committee has delivered two finalists for the fire chief position, despite ongoing litigation with the town’s former fire chief requesting that he be reinstated. Gary Johnston, chairman of the search committee and town moderator, announced at the select board’s meeting on Monday the committee was pleased with the candidates the committee […]

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

STOCKBRIDGE — The former fire chief is suing the Town of Stockbridge and two select board members, both in official and individual capacities, in federal court. Ernest J. “Chuckie” Cardillo, who is still serving as a member of the select board in Stockbridge, is alleging that board members Donald M. Chabon and Terrence R. Flynn […]

18 applications have been received for new Fire Chief in Stockbridge

18 applications have been received for new Fire Chief in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — The search for the new fire chief is on. Since posting the position on its website last month, the town has received 18 applications, according to Town Administrator Danielle Fillio. Applications have come in from as far away as Nevada and Florida. At the select board’s last meeting on March 27, members authorized […]

Stockbridge selectmen oust Fire Chief Cardillo for role in scam; 15 volunteer firefighters resign in protest, return turn-out gear

Stockbridge selectmen oust Fire Chief Cardillo for role in scam; 15 volunteer firefighters resign in protest, return turn-out gear

STOCKBRIDGE — The select board voted to terminate Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo as fire chief, a decision that may have cost the town as dearly as the scam that targeted the fire department. At last count, 15 members of the Stockbridge Fire Department have resigned after the board voted 2-0 on Feb. 5  to remove Cardillo […]

Stockbridge deliberating fate of fire chief at center of scam

Stockbridge deliberating fate of fire chief at center of scam

STOCKBRIDGE — The town provided an update on the status of matters regarding a scam that targeted the fire department, as well as updates on the status of the fire department itself. Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo, select board member, had been placed on paid partial administrative leave as he had been authorizing purchases in relation to […]

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Stockbridge Fire Chief faces disciplinary hearing for scam

Cardillo’s fate expected to be announced Dec.17 STOCKBRIDGE — The fate of the town’s fire department leadership is currently uncertain, and will remain that way until Dec. 17. The town’s select board has officially set a date to discuss possible disciplinary action for select board member and fire chief Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo. “We’ll be having […]

Stockbridge overpaid $45,000 in supply bills for Fire Department Town Counsel says: Fire Chief Cardillo did not follow established procedures

Stockbridge overpaid $45,000 in supply bills for Fire Department Town Counsel says: Fire Chief Cardillo did not follow established procedures

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — An investigation from town counsel has revealed that the town has lost $45,000 to a scam that has been ongoing since December of 2012. The Fire Department has been receiving supplies from two New York-based companies, Pioneer Products, Inc. and Noble Industrial Supply Corp., without going through the proper channels. […]