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MAYOR VOWS ACTION ON POLICE PROBE ; REPORT RECOMMENDS FURTHER INVESTIGATION
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Investigations; Official misconduct; Nepotism; Police administration
Author: Siek, Stephanie V
Date: Jun 8, 2006
Start Page: 1
Section: Globe West
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[Warren J. Rutherford] recommended that the department rescind the practice of relying on the reserve list, which began under the administration of Chief [Edward Drew]'s predecessor, Stephen H. Unsworth.

In the case of the background investigator, an employee involved in the hiring process told Rutherford he was pressured to include the person who was eventually appointed. In the sergeant's case, another employee told Rutherford that he was pressured to call the appointing authority and "tell her of the other candidates' shortcomings," according to the report, which indicated that the employee refused to do so.

Rutherford expressed concern that one top official did not disclose to the state in a timely fashion a potential conflict of interest. Rutherford suggested the city adopt a nepotism policy that establishes a written procedure for handling conflicts of interest within city departments.

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