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The Boston Globe


July 25, 2010 | Spotlight Follow-up

Evidence of insider job deals at agency

Probation chief may have swayed hirings

The independent counsel investigating the Massachusetts Probation Department has found strong evidence that suspended commissioner John J. O’Brien manipulated his agency’s hiring and promotion process to advance applicants with insider support, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

O’Brien, suspended from his job in May after the Spotlight Team reported that he had hired or promoted at least 250 politically connected job seekers, routinely sent his subordinates lists of his preferred candidates for probation jobs from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, the investigating attorney, Paul F. Ware, has found.

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