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A shameful act of patronage

It’s disturbing enough when powerful politicians use their influence to find sinecures in state government for unqualified political supporters. But steering such patronage hires into public safety jobs shows an utter lack of regard not only for taxpayers’ wallets but their physical safety as well.

On Monday, the Patrick administration announced the removal of Sheila Burgess from her $87,000-a-year position as state highway safety director following a Globe report on her abysmal driving record, which includes seven accidents, four speeding violations, and two failures to stop. Burgess is currently on medical leave after an August one-car accident in Milton.

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