Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mayor Wants Official Word on Ford

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says he will not make a statement on Pat Ford's future in city government until he hears from the state Ethics Commission. Ford has been on paid leave from his job as Executive Director of Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority since April. The Ethics Commission launched a preliminary investigation into a gift Ford's wife received from a Lamar Advertising executive. But Ford's attorney says that investigation is over and that his client did not break any law.

Ravenstahl says once he hears from the state Ethics Commission, it will be up to the URA's board to decide whether to reinstate Ford. But Ravenstahl says he will give his input. If the investigation is truly over, he says it would be "good news" because it would show that no wrongdoing occurred.

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