DeLeo Proposes Probation Hiring Overhaul

BOSTON (AP) – House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he will file legislation aimed at cleaning up the hiring and promotion practices of the state Probation Department.

DeLeo told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday the measure would require all applicants for jobs at probation to pass an exam before they can advance to the interview process.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

The bill would also require that all job recommendations be made in writing and that they be available to managers only in the final stages of the hiring process.

DeLeo said the bill would keep the Probation Department under the judiciary.

Gov. Deval Patrick has recommended merging Probation with the Parole Department under the executive branch.

Probation has been plagued by a scandal in which the politically connected were hired over more qualified candidates.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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