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Acting fire commissioner’s actions questioned

Acting Fire Commissioner John Hasson was a deputy chief.
Acting Fire Commissioner John Hasson was a deputy chief.Aram Boghosian for the Globe

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s recent appointment of a deputy chief as acting fire commissioner is raising alarm among some city watchdog groups over whether the new administration will continue to push through badly needed reforms in a department steeped in tradition.

Those fears intensified when Acting Fire Commissioner John Hasson, appointed two weeks ago, began stripping some key responsibilities of the management team hired to overhaul the department and then reassigned those tasks to members of the union command staff, who have been criticized for obstructing change.

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