OCt. 20, 2011

Probation officials face suspension

Managers tied to deceptive hiring process

Amid rising expectations that federal indictments are coming soon in the Probation Department hiring scandal, Commissioner Ronald P. Corbett Jr. has informed more than a dozen senior managers this week that 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.

John J. 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. But 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.

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