Patrick, as reported over the weekend, carved out positions for a handful of campaign staffers who performed such basic tasks as driving the soon-to-be governor around the state. Some aides now hold positions in state government earning salaries of $100,000 or more.
The most recent appointment fell to Parole Board member Mark Conrad, a former Milton police officer who drove the governor during the campaign. Conrad, who lives near Patrick in Milton, has been tapped to chair the seven-member Parole Board for more than $100,000 a year.
Conrad's wife, Jacqueline, was also appointed by Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority and played a role in the controversial hiring of Sen. Marian Walsh to a long-vacant position that Walsh ultimately declined under mounting political pressure.
(Lowell Sun Tuesday, April 14, 2009)
Neighbors and friends appointed to key position without the proper qualifications.