Governor Deval Patrick, taking a strong stand in support of accountability, yesterday accepted the resignation of the five parole board members who voted to parole Dominic Cinelli. He also took action to fire other staff members responsible for oversight, and will bring in a new Executive Director.
While some have expressed surprise at these actions I am not at all surprised. The Governor took a measured response, seeking to act on the facts after an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the parole board action. That investigation has found serious breaches in the hearing process and the follow up supervision of Cinelli. The Governor, now armed with the facts, has taken the appropriate course of action. He should be commended, and his comment that the public had lost confidence in the parole system is right on the mark. The Governor’s strong and decisive action to uncover facts and take remedial action is what government should be about, and will go a long way towards restoring that confidence.