I haven’t been able to figure it out. Baker and Beaton’s string of issues at the embattled EOEEA has been documented here earlier:
- July 3rd party using state resources
- Baker appointing his driver to head the Environmental police
- Politically motivated harassment and job retaliation
That’s quite a string on issues for a department. Baker for his part had
immediately waited 3 months to investigate, coincidentally when the Herald started asking questions on the harassment and retaliation claims. So finally the investigation was completed (can’t find any report anywhere) and wouldn’t you know it, they found no job retaliation. Astonishingly the Baker administration is saying that after the office threatened job retaliation, a transfer to a far way Fall River office was all just coincidence. To add to the insult, the crack team doing the investigation concluded that COO Michael Valanzola did nothing wrong but will resign as “his resignation is necessary to restore confidence in the human resources function for the secretariat.”. What a guy.
But they did find lower rung personnel officer Jared Valanzola (yes, they are related) did make threats and was terminated. So if you are following along, personnel department threatened Lewis, but her subsequent transfer wasn’t related. Got it.
Also since that time, the July 3rd party planner Matthew Sisk decided that he wanted to play pretend police, WCVB reported that he was recorded on two occasions tooling around the city with lights and sirens blazing. WCVB also found that Sisk and 4 other members of the Republican State Committee find the EOEEA home. Again, probably coincidence. Charlie was upset at the wannabe cop so Sisk and the fleet manager (for some reason) are both now gone.
What does the EOEEA have to do with Charter Schools you ask? Me too. But this week the official DCR twitter account posted:
The EOEEA refused to release the name of the staff member who posted the tweet, probably for “the sake of the kids”.
EOEEA is officially a dumpster fire, lower rung staff, deputy whatever, fleet manager is not going to cut it Charlie, if a real investigation is not going to happen and those in charge are not held accountable then it’s time for the AG’s office to get involved.