As the controversy continues to grow over the parole board's release of cop-killer Dominic Cinelli it is important to note whom Governor Patrick picked to head the parole board. Upon taking office Deval Patrick tapped his campaign driver to head the Parole Board, not a longtime probation official. The Lowell Sun in April of 2009 had the story.
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.
A list of the full bio's of Parole Board members an be found here. Of the seven members of the parole board, five were appointed by Governor Deval Patrick.