Another DCR Official Has Resigned

Michael Crowley is the latest to leave the Department of Conservation and Recreation.



In the latest development of what has been a prolonged turmoil for Gov. Charlie Baker, another top official at the Department of Conservation and Recreation has left his post.

Michael Crowley, the DCR’s fleet operations director, has resigned, the Herald reports.

His departure follows that of Matthew Sisk, who resigned on Friday after video surfaced that appeared to show him using lights and sirens on a state-issued vehicle to avoid traffic in Fort Point. Baker, speaking with reporters, said he was “appalled” by Sisk’s actions and called it a “horrible lack of judgment.”

It was not immediately clear why Crowley left, but according to the Herald he is a “personal friend” of Sisk’s.

The resignation also follows a scandal involving the alleged improper use of public resources at a July 3 party for GOP insiders, and accusations that staffers at the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs retaliated against an employee whose fiancé was running for office against a Republican.

Attorney General Maura Healey did not hold back when asked about alleged patronage in the Baker administration, according to the State House News Service.

“There’s no place for that in any administration,” Healey said. “And I know that if any of these folks had worked for me, they’d be fired by now. This seems to me to be part of a pattern. Obviously the matter’s under investigation, and I won’t be able to speak to it. We’ll await to see the findings of that investigation.”