Senior MA Probation Officials Being Suspended in Hiring Scandal


Amid rising expectations of federal indictments in the Massachusetts Probation Department hiring scandal, Commissioner Ronald Corbett Jr. has informed more than a dozen senior managers he plans to take disciplinary action against them for their role in a sham hiring process that systematically funneled jobs and promotions to politically connected candidates, the Boston Globe reports.

John O'Brien, the department's former commissioner, and three top deputies already have resigned or been fired – and O'Brien faces state criminal charges for allegedly trading campaign contributions from his employees to get a job for his wife at the state lottery. Corbett, O'Brien's successor, has been deliberating for almost a year over how to punish other department employees who participated in what independent counsel Paul F. Ware Jr. called systemic corruption. This week, Corbett sent disciplinary letters to most of the 12 regional supervisors who oversaw the job interview process as well as other human resources employees, telling them they face unpaid suspensions of varying lengths.

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