District hires Tom Knox's son to head auditing unit

Posted: August 15, 2014

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT has hired Thomas J. Knox Jr., the son of former mayoral and gubernatorial candidate Tom Knox, to head its Auditing Services division, the Daily News confirmed yesterday.

Knox Jr., who will move back to Philadelphia from Delray Beach, Fla., fills the position 13 months after it was vacated. He is expected to start Monday and will earn $82,500 annually, the minimum salary for the position, School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green told the People Paper.

Green, as it happens, is close with the elder Knox and said he has known Knox's son, who goes by "T.J.," for years. Knox Sr., a businessman who ran against Mayor Nutter in 2007, told the Daily News last year that he's "very good friends" with Green.

A deputy mayor in the Ed Rendell administration, Knox held a fundraiser at his Liberty Place condo for Green in February 2013. He contributed $2,500 to Green's campaign in 2007 and $2,600 in 2012, according to the city's Department of Records.

"He's a great young man," Green said. "We needed someone who could get in there and assist with the auditing as opposed to just supervising.

"We're very excited about him. We're very confident putting T.J. in that role," he added.

Knox, 36, is a certified public accountant and previously worked at Grau & Associates in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his LinkedIn page. The auditing firm provides services to government agencies, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans, according to its website.

T.J. Knox was issued a CPA license in Pennsylvania on July 14, according to the Department of State website.

Green said he "became aware that [T.J.] wanted to move back to Philadelphia" and began to talk to him about the job three to five months ago.

Other candidates came in to meet with officials, but "T.J. was the most qualified," Green said.


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