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Rep. Petri resigns House seat, to take over as Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director

Author: Jason Gottesman/Saturday, December 16, 2017/Categories: News and Views, Philadelphia

Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) announced Friday that he plans to resign at the end of the year in order to take over as executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Petri’s hire comes after former PPA executive director Vincent Fenerty was forced out over allegations of sexual harassment, abuse of power, and overall mismanagement of the authority.

 A recent report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale blasted the handling of the authority under Fenerty’s tenure and contended that mismanagement at PPA led to nearly $78 million due to the School District of Philadelphia being missed out on due to fines not being collected, something the PPA board denies.

The report led to mounting calls for the authority to be removed from state control and returned to the city for management and oversight.

Speaking to his departure and new position Friday, Petri said he looks forward to taking an active role in the authority’s new era.

“I am honored by the confidence and trust the Board has placed in me. I will bring my knowledge and experience, after many years serving on the House Ethics, Appropriations and Urban Affairs Committees to the task of improving the PPA, making it more efficient, transparent and accountable,” he said.

“My initial goal will be to conduct a top to bottom review of the agency and implement additional changes and reforms, to help regain the trust and confidence of the people we serve."

Petri’s tenure in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives comes to an end following a contentious period as Majority Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, where he openly clashed with House leadership over the nature and scope of recently-enacted gaming expansion measures.

A replacement as chairman of the committee has not yet been named by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Petri officially starts his position at PPA on January 2, 2018.