Gov. Patrick yet to comment on sex offender board

Board chairwoman Saundra Edwards was relieved of duty

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick listens to speakers during a news conference regarding a $50 million plan to take on the challenges of climate change, in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The initiatives, unveiled by the governor at the New England Aquarium, include a $40 million grant program by the Department of Energy Resources to help cities and towns to shore up protections around energy services. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Two days after the chair of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board was dismissed and the agency’s executive director placed on administrative leave, Gov. Deval Patrick has yet to comment publicly on the decision.

On Wednesday board chairwoman Saundra Edwards was relieved of duty and executive director Jeanne Holmes placed on leave, in what officials would only describe as a personnel matter.

The registry maintains a data base of convicted sex offenders and classifies offenders by the danger they could pose to the public.

The governor was in Paris on Friday as part of a weeklong European trade mission that included stops in Denmark and London.

In a statement, Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral said the changes were made “based on what we believe to be in the best interest of this important agency.”

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