In Hearing, Legislative Board Asks Who Should Lead Holyoke Soldiers Home

BOSTON (WBZ Newsradio) — A Joint Legislative Oversight Board investigating the Holyoke Soldier's Home held its sixth meeting on Tuesday.

One line of questioning at Tuesday's meeting revolved around which qualifications the next leader of the Holyoke Soldier's Home should have.

Former Superintendent Bennett Walsh didn't have a license to run a nursing home. The new head of the Home's Board of Trustees, Major General Gary Keefe, said he doesn't think the next Superintendent needs a license to run the home, as long as his subordinates have one.

Another Board of Trustees member, Isaac Mass, disagreed, calling the requirement for industry experience "common sense."

"You would not pick a fire chief that had no experience in firefighting, and you would not pick a police chief with no experience in law enforcement," he said.

76 veterans died at the Soldier's Home during a COVID-19 outbreak last year.

WBZ's Karen Regal (@Karynregal) reports:

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