Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Onetime DCNR Sec. Richard Allan's "colors" problem

Onetime DCNR Sec. Richard Allan's "colors" problem


As it turns out, former DCNR Secretary Richard Allan’s undoing was an email exchange with his wife over last month’s falcon banding event at the Capitol complex.

In the email exchange, a copy of which was requested by The Inquirer, Allan and his wife Patricia, a state employee who at the time worked at the Department of Environmental Protection, appear to be griping over who is organizing the annual falcon banding event. That event, which involves placing identification bands on baby falcons that nest on a ledge near the main Capitol, occurred last month.

In an email dated May 3, Patricia Allan tells her husband that she believes one of her co-workers, an African-American woman, is trying to make her “look bad.” Later in the exchange, she makes reference to that co-worker’s “true colors.”

To which Richard Allan responds: “COLORS”!!!!!!!!

Allan later refers to the employee, whose name was redacted from the email exchange, as a “B....”.

Allen was fired Thursday by Gov. Corbett. The governor did not give a reason when he announced Allan’s departure.

The Inquirer reported Thursday that Allan was fired because he used what could be perceived as racially-charged language to describe a black employee.

That employee later found out about the email, and complained.


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