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Governor Deval Patrick has been busy this week making new appointments to various committees and Massachusetts entities, and creating a number of specialized task forces to examine issues of importance.
First up is the Governor’s new Task Force on Public Integrity. The task force will, “examine the existing regulatory frameworks that govern ethics, lobbying and public employee conduct, and will seek input from public officials, experts and the public.” The Public Integrity group will focus on recommending legislation to, “strengthen current laws, regulations, investigative and enforcement mechanisms, and penalties.”
The creation of the Task Force was based on a series of actions aimed at addressing Massachusetts’ ethics and lobbying rules and procedures. The committee’s mandate stipulates that recommendations to ensure that state business is conducted openly and honestly, be submitted within 60 days. The public is encouraged to submit their suggestions and feedback.
The bipartisan committee includes MetWest residents George Brown and Andrew Tarsy, both of Wellesley.
George Brown, whose specialty is government ethics, is currently a Professor at Boston College Law School. A former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General, Brown is also a former Chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.
Andrew Tarsy is a senior executive at Facing History and Ourselves, “an international educational organization that engages students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more informed citizenry.” The former New England Regional Director of the Anti Defamation League, Tarsy joined Facing History and Ourselves in March of this year.
* courtesy David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/file
In Massport news, Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Natick resident John Jenkins as a new member of the board.
Formerly Senior Vice President, Global Operations for Polaroid with accountability for a $1.2B budget with 6,000 employees in six countries, Jenkins is now president of West Insurance Agency in Boston.
A member of Patrick’s transition team on economic development, John Jenkins has a law degree from Suffolk University, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.
Massport faces increasing financial woes, including massive debt totalling approximately $2 billion, at a time when many have called for abolishing the Turnpike Authority. Gov. Patrick had previously announced that he would likely file legislation to dismantle the board. **
“John Jenkins will bring a strong voice and a fresh perspective to the board at this critical time,” said Rebecca Deusser, a Patrick spokeswoman.
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