State House Speaker Wants Probation Dept Under Civil Service

State house Speaker Robert Deleo is speaking out about his wish to file legislation that would force the Probation dept. into Civil Service.

By now everyone has heard of the “pay to play” and wholesale manipulation of the system that has gone one in the probation Dept. It is the exact same thing that led Teddy Roosevelt to develop the system in the first place due to the awarding of jobs based on who you know, not what you know.

Many times you hear the reverse argument of “why Civil Service shouldn’t be used”. Those that argue against it say that it unduly restricts management from hiring the best people for the job. Some municipalities with this in mind have opted out. As an example I give you a Municipal police dept who within the last year negotiated with the union to leave Civil Service under the auspices that the Chief of Police “needed’ it to hire the best people. The result? After a “nationwide search and review of over 800 candidates” they realized that the 3 new police officers to be hired were 3 current employees of the town. My general opinion, if you want to stack your payroll with friends, then start your own business so that when it fails from the incompetence of sub-par employees you only hurt yourself, not the taxpayers.

The essence of Civil Service is on display in this whole event as it unfolds. The ability of those in power to manipulate jobs and stack the state payroll with patronage hires not based on merit was a staple of Tammany hall and supposed to be a forgotten relic of the past. Civil Service and the system it supplies is not perfect, but like Sir Winston Churchill once said of the American form of democracy “It is the worst in the world except for all others”.

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to
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