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Suffolk register seeks an end to her forced leave

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She was always unconventional. Patricia Campatelli campaigned for Suffolk County Register of Probate out of an East Boston social club long associated with bookies, placing her laptop on the pool table at the unlicensed bar and working the phone amid “Vote for Patty’’ posters.

Now, weeks after allegedly punching an employee and being placed on administrative leave not once, but twice, in her brief one-year tenure, Campatelli hopes to meet with court officials Tuesday to clear her path to come back to her $122,000-a-year job.

But some colleagues do not want her back, saying they see her as a vengeful boss who can be crude and unpredictable, and some feel physically threatened when she is angry.

However, Philip R. Boncore, who is representing the embattled register of probate, said Campatelli never punched anyone. “There have been no problems,” Boncore said. “She has been nothing but professional.”

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