By Boston Herald editorial staff | September 16, 2019 at 12:50 am Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell this week called for the creation of a city inspector general to “root out corruption, identify mismanagement and waste” and make the government “more accountable to residents” in the wake of a Zoning Board of Appeals bribery scandal. City officials hired former federal corruption prosecutor Brian Kelly to investigate whether there has been any further misconduct, and Mayor Marty Walsh hired law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP to review the ZBA. Campbell pointed out that’s a waste of money. We agree because the state’s Office of the Inspector General can investigate the matter and they’re already being paid. Campbell’s idea is redundant. The call for an IG comes after John Lynch, an official within Boston’s Planning and Development Agency, pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for accepting $50,000 in 2018 to aid a developer’s push to get a permit extension for a multiunit development, which involved successfully advising zoning board members to vote in favor of it. One need look no further than to the state OIG to see an agency that is essentially a waste of taxpayer dollars.The state’s Office of… Read full this story
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