Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fallout From Probation Probe Continues

Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei was interviewed by WBZ-TV yesterday about the ongoing probe into the state's Probation Department and the Senate Republican Caucus' proposal to return oversight on all personnel decisions within the department to the chief justice of the Trial Court.

The Caucus proposal, which is scheduled for debate this week as an amendment to the FY2011 state budget, was also cited in a Boston Globe editorial that ran today calling for Probation Commissioner John J. O'Brien to step down. O'Brien was suspended with pay yesterday, pending an independent investigation into charges of political patronage and "sloppy financial oversight" cited in a Globe Spotlight Team series.

Members of the Senate Republican Caucus will discuss their probation reform proposal and other cost-saving measures at a press availability in front of the Senate Chambers today at 11:30 a.m.