The suit, filed late Friday in Salem Superior Court, goes on to say that an investigation “found no specific error” by the board, only “inadequate supervision of Cinelli by his parole officer, who was fired but later won his job back in an arbitration proceeding, according to the complaint.
The suit is seeking at least $350,000 in damages for lost wages, as well as an additional amount, to be determined by a jury, for wrongful termination, violation of her civil rights, and conspiracy by Patrick and Cowan.
A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said they would have no comment on the suit.
Lombardini was a former state and federal court probation officer when she was first tapped by Gov. Mitt Romney to fill a seat on the board in 2007; she was reappointed by Patrick in 2009.
She was also active in Salem public affairs, serving on the city’s Planning Board.
Cinelli was a career criminal who was serving concurrent life sentences. The board had first voted in 2005 to deny parole to Cinelli but unanimously granted parole three years later.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.