Saturday, May 3, 2008

Pat Ford Ethics Review & Paid Leave Update

Here's a link to my Channel 4 Action News story updating URA Executive Director Pat Ford's situation.

The State Ethics Commission is not permitted to even acknowledge the existence of any review of his case. The agency's head of investigations did, however, outline for me the time frames set for all probes under Pennsylvania's ethics law.

The dollar figures cited in my report were reached by doing the simple math. Divide Ford's $115,000 salary by twelve to establish a monthly value. Next, multiply that value by the number of months that can be involved at each step of any preliminary inquiry or full ethics investigation.

The mayor's office did not respond to my request for comment from Mayor Ravenstahl and Chief of Staff Yarone Zober, who serves as chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority.


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