A screening committee has concluded its work and recommended four candidates for police chief to Mayor David J. Narkewicz, who declined to reveal the applicants on Thursday, calling them semifinalists. Peter J. Caruso II, a media lawyer in Boston, said case law has been clear about finalists having to be named when a governmental or public body, including screening panels and subcommittees, completes its work and recommends candidates, but individual elected officials such as a mayor do not have to abide by such requirements when appointing people to high-level
“Technically, under the law, they don’t have to tell us anything,” Caruso said of public officials not subject to similar transparency measures. “The public should have insight into their next police chief at this point.” In his view, Caruso said the four candidates recommended by the city’s screening committee would classify as finalists and should be revealed at this point in the spirit of open government.
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