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Ex-Probation supervisor kept messages directing him to favor candidates

A retired probation supervisor who oversaw hiring panels for the department told a federal jury Thursday that he saved a series of voice mails from 2000 in which he was directed to advance job candidates who were preselected by John J. O’Brien, the department’s former commissioner.

Edward P. Dalton, a regional administrator who retired in 2010, told jurors that he advanced O’Brien’s preferred candidates through the hiring process roughly two dozen times, and he kept the voice mails out of fear that he would be investigated.

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