Friday, August 14, 2009

Deval forces another hack hire to the RMV

From the Herald:

Eddie Jenkins, just hired July 6 as the RMV’s new director of enforcement services for $80,000 a year. He’s the first RMV employee to have this job title, although there used to be a “deputy registrar for enforcement services,” and she was making $120,000 a year.

Her job went unfilled for more than a year, but then came Eddie. The job needed a man, and the man needed a job.

You may remember Jenkins, a lawyer from Roxbury, for his unsuccessful runs for political office in Boston. Before he got picked up on waivers by the RMV last month he was the chairman of the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. His name was dropped by ex-Sen. Dianne Wilkerson when she was soliciting bribes from a wired-up businessman for a city liquor license.

On one memorable day last fall, feds arrived at Jenkins’ ABCC office with a subpoena, only to discover that State Treasurer Tim Cahill already had placed him on paid administrative leave over another problem - what the papers called a “possible diversion of state reimbursement money.”

Jenkins was cleared of any wrongdoing in the first case - the Treasury had placed the money into his account directly, rather than paying a law firm he’d been using in a State Ethics Commission probe in which he was, yes, cleared. And Jenkins is clean on the Wilkerson case, although he was one of her campaign donors.

He resigned from his $110,703.28-a-year ABCC job May 8. In other words, he’s taking a big pay cut at the RMV, but any port in a storm, as they say. According to a dime-dropper, the RMV “was told it was a ‘must-hire’ from the governor.”

7 Comments:

At August 14, 2009 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Junior said...

May be a cut in pay, but with the record you list here, who else would hire him but the state of MA? I just keep wondering how Patrick can keep doing these things. He seems to think he is above the ethics regulations himself, so how can he hold anyone else accountable?

 
At August 14, 2009 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Linda and George said...

Believe me, this won't end up being a pay cut for this bozo. He will make that $30,000 cut up in overtime, wait and see. Look him up next year when the Herald prints the link for state salaries and you will see we are right. The state of MA must be the topic of lots of comedians routines outside the borders of MA. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

 
At August 14, 2009 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

"must hire" message from the governor. And what exactly would happen if you ignored that message? If you get fired and go to the press it makes the governor look really bad so I would say take your chances and tell the person delivering the must hire message that you are not going to do it. Takes some balls to stand up but at some point some one is going to have to do that or nothing is going to change.

 
At August 14, 2009 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable!

 
At August 19, 2009 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Rich said...

Any updates on this Jim? Did the press force Patrick to make a change in plan here or is it just business as usual here in the Commonwealth?

 
At August 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Rich,

I've not read anywhere if this hire has been stopped.

This may be another blight on his record that will be used against him in 2010.

 
At September 15, 2009 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Julie said...

The man has been cleared in every investigation. Why the witch hunt?

 

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