January 22, 2018

Ousted Boston PL President Accuses Mayor of Requiring Hires

By Norman Oder

The story behind the ouster of Boston Public Library (BPL) president Bernard Margolis has gotten more contentious, as the State Ethics Commission has begun to look into charges by the library head that Mayor Thomas Menino illegally ordered him to hire cronies. The Boston Globe reported that Margolis “said mayoral aides instructed him to rig the library’s hiring process so that certain candidates would receive jobs.”
A mayoral spokeswoman said Menino had not been involved in hiring requests, and that the mayor had not been formally notified of an investigation. Margolis, who formally learned on November 13 that his contract would not be renewed after it expires June 30, declined to offer more details about the accusation. He has asked BPL trustees to supply legal representation for himself and other library employees who might be interviewed by the ethics commission.

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