Archive: August, 2010
In the interest of brevity, we kept an item in Monday's Inquirer about Councilman Bill Green, State Sen. Anthony Williams and the future of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Department short on the back and forth, but there's a lot more going on that you should not miss.
First of all, it seems that Green is getting a lot more grief from black politicians over a bill to eliminate the Sheriff's Office than Councilman Frank DiCicco, the main sponsor of the bill. Green was the only co-sponsor.
"No one has said a word to me," DiCicco shrugged in the 3rd floor hallway Tuesday. Insiders suggest DiCicco is more interested in sticking his thumb in the eye of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and the Democratic City Committee than he is in reforming the Sheriff's Office. DiCicco's aide, Nick Schmanek, lost a bid to become leader of the 2nd Ward in South Philly in May, with some help from the party establishment.
A vandal slashed tires on four city cars early Monday, including one used for the Mayor and two belonging to the police officers on his personal protection detail.
Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver said the vandal, who also stuck a pool car used by the City Controller, apparently was not targeting Mayor Nutter. The black SUV Nutter uses most was parked nearby and was left untouched.
“It appears to have been random,” Oliver said. The incident happened around 5 a.m., he said.
Mayor Nutter's budget director, Steve Agostini, is leaving the administration at the end of the month to take a Washington job as chief financial officer for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Agostini is the third signficiant Nutter aide in the last 10 days to announce a departure.
Press secretary Doug Oliver intends to leave in October for a senior vice president position at the Philadelphia Gas Works. And MaryAnn Tierney, the city's director of emergency operations, is headed to a regional post with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Douglas Oliver, who has served as Mayor Nutter’s primary spokesman for the last 2.5 years, officially announced Monday that he is leaving City Hall to become senior vice president of marketing and communications at Philadelphia Gas Works. He will take the new job in October. It comes with a big pay increase, from $114,000 to $160,000. At a Monday press conference, Nutter praised Oliver for creating a “first-class press organization.” The mayor offered few details about Oliver’s replacement, saying only that he hoped to find a new press secretary “sooner rather than later.”
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