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Commissioner Admits Lies, Withdraws

October 15, 1986

BOSTON (AP) _ The woman named Boston’s first black assessing commissioner has disclosed that she lied about having earned a college degree and has declined the appointment that was to become effective this week.

Victoria Williams of the Roxbury section, in a letter Tuesday to Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, said she made a ″mistake″ on a three-year-old resume in stating she had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

″In fact, I attended UMass as well as Wheelock and Boston State College over several years but never graduated,″ she wrote. A 37-year-old mother of two, she has worked for the city 11 years and is chairman of the Assessing Department’s board of review for tax abatements.

Flynn named her last week to succeed William Coughlin in the $50,000-a-year post. He was named head of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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