New ticket boss appointed following scandal

Philly has a new parking-ticket czar following the hasty retirement of the former head of the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication in a ticket-fixing mini-scandal that came to light in June.

Mayor Nutter on Wednesday appointed former Philadelphia Parking Authority official Jeremiah J. Connors as Bureau Director of the Board of Administrative Adjudication, the city-run appeals board for the independent Philadelphia Parking Authority. Connors' job will be to oversee the staff of 10 hearing examiners who conduct parking ticket appeal hearings.

Nutter called Connors “an individual of integrity and proven managerial talents" and added "I am confident that he will demand a high level of professionalism and comprehensive oversight at the BAA."

That would be good. Inspector General Amy Kurland last month recommended the firing of Connors' predecessor, Clorise Wynn, saying she dismissed $50,000 worth of tickets for a restaurant chain in exchange for free meals. Wynn also dismissed hundreds of tickets for friends and 35 for her daughter, according to Kurland, though Wynn was able to retire May 25 before the city could take any action.

Connors formerly served as Regional Director of Parking and Safety Solutions at ACS Transportation Solutions and was former director for administration at the PPA, where he worked from 1994 through 2003, according a Nutter's press release today. Before that he was director of parking management for the City of Boston.

“I look forward to serving the City of Philadelphia and making the parking ticket appeals process straight forward, fair and impartial for anyone and everyone who requests an appeal,” said Connors in the press.

"Mr. Connors, as BAA Bureau Director, will be responsible for the daily supervision of hearing examiners, setting procedures and policies, in consultation with the Finance Director, for high quality and consistence review and adjudication of all appealed parking violations, revising and updated hearing examiner training programs, revising and updating the Standard Operating Procedures and Policy manual and maintaining the highest level of integrity throughout the adjudication process," read the release. 

He beings July 26.

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