INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU - Gov. Corbett’s top staffer will soon be leaving.
Bill Ward, Corbett’s longtime friend, confidante and chief of staff, will resign his post for another job. Ward could not be reached for immediate comment Thursday morning. Corbett will nominate Ward, of Pittsburgh, to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Corbett’s spokesman, Kevin Harley, declined to comment.
Corbett has announced that he will nominate his general counsel, Stephen Aichele, to replace Ward .
Ward’s departure comes as the governor faces increasing pressure to address what some in top state Republican circles believe is a growing image problem. The Inquirer has reported that the governor’s top political advisers, supporters and fund-raisers have been encouraging him to shake things up in his administration.