Williamstown Town Manager Stepping Down
Town Manager Jason Hoch announced Friday afternoon that he is leaving the position.
iBerkshires.com reports Hoch has come under heavy criticism from many community members in the wake of a federal lawsuit that was filed in August against himself, the former chief of police and the town.
On Friday, he said the calls for his firing played a role in his decision to ask the Select Board to negotiate a way for him to leave the post he has held for five and a half years.
Hoch said he will remain in the corner office for 60 days and through the end of May to serve as a resource in the transition process.
Hoch's departure comes a little more than six months after the announcement of McGowan vs. Williamstown, a federal discrimination lawsuit that alleged racism and sexual misconduct within the Williamstown Police Department.
In mid-December, then-Police Chief Kyle Johnson announced that he was leaving the department.