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New president takes over at the largest union in Boston police department

Long-time Boston police union president Thomas Nee, who battled fiercely with the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino over contract issues, has been replaced along with other members of the union’s leadership team. According to a tweet Tuesday night from the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the new president is Patrick M. Rose, who held the post of union secretary until challenging Nee for the top job. Neither Nee nor Rose could be reached for comment Wednesday. Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans praised Nee’s leadership, and he also congratulated Rose and said he looked forward to working with the new union leaders.

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