On the forefront of this mission to appoint Nunery is George Burrell, a former city councilman and adviser to former Mayor John Street.
In a letter sent to several pols yesterday, including Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter and state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, Burrell said the district has bought out the contracts of three superintendents appointed after national searches over the last decade.
"I just don't think that works," he said.
Burrell noted that Nunery - who's been on the job for roughly a month - was vetted in the last district search, which he lost to Arlene Ackerman.
He's local and has a reputation for "fiscal and organizational discipline," Burrell added.
Despite the push to give Nunery the job, concerns about his ties to Ackerman - run out of the city after a rocky, three-year tenure - casts a shadow.
For its part, the Nutter administration would like to move forward without members of Ackerman's former leadership team, according to a source.
Nutter appointed Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett to the SRC this week, filling one of his two mayoral appointments. Both of his appointments, Chairman Robert Archie and Johnny Irizarry, resigned this week.
"I'm sure the mayor will talk to his appointee [Wendell Pritchett], and when a second [appointee] is selected, he will speak to that person about the all-important search for a superintendent," said mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald.
A spokesman for Pileggi said the SRC was capable of hiring a superintendent. Nunery declined to comment, said district spokesman Fernando Gallard. But in an interview with the Inquirer following Ackerman's departure last month, Nunery said he wanted the job permanently.
- Staff writer Jan Ransom
contributed to this report.