| By Erin O'Connor |
AGAWAM On Dec. 14, Vincent F. Gioscia was sworn in as the new City Solicitor and Kimberly L. Stevens as the new Associate City Solicitor at the Thomas S. Locke Law Department by City Clerk Richard M. Theroux. Mayor Richard Cohen gave a brief speech.
Gioscia previously served as the city's Associate Solicitor since June 2000 and the Acting Solicitor since May 2006. The position was previously occupied by the late Attorney Thomas S. Locke. Locke, 51, died suddenly on May 7.
Stevens has served as the city's Law Department paralegal and a Workers Compensation administrator since April 2004.
"It is a bittersweet day," Cohen said to the crowd that was assembled at the Law Department. "I am happy that I have two people that I trust to surround me," he added.
"I am pleased that the mayor is comforted with putting trust with us and I intend to do the best job possible," Gioscia said.
"I am really excited it is a great opportunity," Stevens said, who has been with the city for over two years.
The Law Department was dedicated on Oct. 4 of this year to the honor of Locke who served as the City Solicitor from 1988-2006.
Goiscia is a partner in the firm of Gioscia & Gioscia and currently an adjunct faculty member at Springfield Technical Community College. He graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate.
Stevens has a Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law. She worked as a paralegal for the firm of Stockdale and Bridgess in Ogden, Utah.
Attorney Robert Dambrov of Cooley Shrair has been retained to represent Agawam in labor contract negotiations. He currently negotiates the school contracts and was hired to negotiate the remaining city contracts.