The former state highway safety director, who resigned last month following revelations that she had a lengthy record of driving infractions at the time she sought the job, wrote in her 2007 application that she heard of the opening from Mary Beth Heffernan, who is now the Patrick administration’s public safety secretary. Sheila Burgess, whose driving record includes six at-fault accidents and four speeding violations, also listed US Representative James McGovern and former Boston advertising executive Jack Connors as references in the application.
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