Gov.-elect Corbett has named a Pittsburgh attorney, who recently represented one of the defendants in the Corbett's Bonusgate investigation - as his new chief of staff.
William Ward, 59, a longtime Corbett associate and former top deputy, works for the Pittsburgh law firm, Ward McGough, LLC where he has handled a range of litigation, including white collar criminal cases. Among his recent clients was Rachel Manzo, a former state House employee, who pleaded guilty to a single count of theft of services in connection with the Bonusgate probe.
Manzo's husband, Mike, a former chief of staff to ex-House Democratic leader Bill DeWeese, took a plea deal as part of the same probe - launched by Attorney General Corbett almost three years ago - into state bonuses allegedly given to those who worked on campaigns.
Corbett's original pick for chief of staff, campaign manager Brian Nutt, departed abruptly last month to join a political consulting firm.