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.