An arbitrator on Monday ordered the state’s Probation Department to re-open 10 jobs that were originally filled up to seven years ago, concluding that leaders of the scandal-plagued agency improperly promoted less qualified, politically connected candidates. Hundreds of employees who originally applied for the positions when former commissioner John J. O’Brien was in charge will be offered an opportunity to apply again. And successful candidates will have to reapply for their positions and could be removed.
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