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New probation commissioner lauded for integrity

Edward J. Dolan, a self-described “policy wonk” lauded for his integrity, will be the next Commissioner of Probation for Massachusetts, leading a department reeling from a widespread patronage scandal.

Dolan, the current commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, will have to rebuild public confidence in an agency that for years hired politically connected job applicants whether they were the most qualified or not. A 2010 Globe Spotlight investigation detailed extensive cronyism and disregard for merit in hiring and promotion in the department.

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