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Probation Department is ordered to reopen 10 jobs

An arbitrator ordered the state’s Probation Department Monday to reopen 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.

Arbitrator Tammy Brynie’s long-awaited decision means that 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. It means that the successful candidates, who in most cases are still on the job, will have to reapply for their positions and could be removed.

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