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.
Dolan will succeed John J. O’Brien, who faces a federal indictment charging him with 17 counts of bribery for allegedly handing out jobs to the friends, family, and supporters of state legislators in exchange for political favors. O’Brien resigned in 2010 and acting commissioners have subsequently led the organization.
“We need to regain the public’s trust,” Dolan said in an interview.
The chief justice of the Trial Court, Robert A. Mulligan, who helped pick Dolan, praised his “impeccable integrity.”
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