Edward Flynn, Massachusetts public safety chief, has taken himself out of the running for two high-profile jobs amid a promise for a pay raise soon, the Boston Globe reports. Flynn, the former police chief of Arlington, Va., had emerged as a finalist for Boston police commissioner and for police chief of Montgomery County, Md. Most recently in the Maryland job was Charles Moose, a prominent figure during the manhunt for the Washington-area snipers.
Flynn said he had withdrawn as a candidate for both jobs but that he was “flattered by the expressions of interest. I currently have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in law enforcement. I like what I do, who I work for, and the people I work with.” The Globe said Flynn’s wife remains in the Washington area.
“Ed Flynn is smart, he’s talented, he’s a nationally recognized expert on public safety issues, and he’s a reformer, and that’s why we are happy to keep him on the Romney team,” said Shawn Feddeman, spokeswoman for Mass. Governor Mitt Romney.
The posts Flynn was considering were both advertised as paying $160,000 a year, roughly $42,000 more than his current position as public safety secretary. Flynn will receive a raise soon, Feddeman said, though she refused to specify how large or when. A top administration official said the increase would not boost Flynn’s pay close to $160,000.