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editorial | Feeney reappointed

Reinforcing public suspicion

Having installed former councilor Maureen E. Feeney as city clerk under less than honorable circumstances a year ago, the Boston City Council abruptly renewed her appointment this month until 2016 — with no questions asked or answered, and no notice to the public. The move was all the more disappointing because the earlier wrangling raised legitimate questions about how the clerk’s office is run.

Moments after winning another term as president of the Boston City Council recently, Stephen J. Murphy pushed through a surprise vote to reappoint Feeney, who had been his political ally on the council. The other current councilors learned of the vote just before it occurred, but none objected.

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