Governor Deval Patrick Dismisses Entire Department of Transportation Board

The move is part of a legislature-approved reorganization of the Department of Transportation board structure.

The governor has dismissed every member of the Department of Transportation board.

If any of them want their unpaid jobs back, they'll need to reapply for membership in a new, bigger board that will include the DOT chief as an ex officio member. Lawmakers approved the board shake-up last month as the legislative session ended.

Of course there are politics at work here — some outspoken board members figure they won't be appointed to the new body.

The Boston Globe has all the details on the shakeup, including why some say a big new commuter rail contract is essentially rigged to go to a crony of DOT leadership. [Subscription may be required to read link.]   


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