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Menino transit aide takes state post

Tinlin to become highway agency’s head of operations

Thomas J. Tinlin, who rose from City Hall security guard to become one of the longest-serving transportation commissioners in Boston history, is leaving municipal government to take a key state highway job, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

On Jan. 13, Tinlin will become chief of operations and maintenance for the state’s roads and highways, a job that includes overseeing snow and ice removal, pavement condition, and other daily issues. He will leave City Hall with Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the end of next week, making him the latest Cabinet secretary to announce his departure before Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh takes office, along with Fire Commissioner Roderick J. Fraser Jr. , labor-relations chief John Dunlap, and others.

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