Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is firing the state corrections and public safety commissioners amid allegations of mismanagement, including conditions surrounding the prison killing of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan.
The Boston Globe says the decision to fire Correction Commissioner Michael T. Maloney came as a Romney-appointed panel prepares its report on Geoghan, who was killed by another prisoner in August while in a protective custody unit. Also losing his job is Public Safety Commissioner Joseph S. Lalli, whose agency is being investigated by federal and state authorities for irregularities in the licensing of public safety professionals, from nuclear plant operators to plumbers. Romney also will replace Stephen J. McGrail, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is responsible for coordinating the response to disasters and terrorist attacks.
The Globe says that Romney has reestablished a commission to oversee the state medical examiner’s office, which has been the subject of reports about botched autopsies and other irregularities.
A senior Romney aide said the moves are aimed at allowing public safety Secretary Edward A. Flynn to put his own team in place. Flynn’s office oversees 18 agencies.