April 29, 1988 |
James R. Kelly, president of the Delaware River Port Authority for the last eight years, will retire effective Jan. 29 - the first of many resignations likely to hit the authority in coming months. Kelly, 65, who sent letters Wednesday notifying the Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, DRPA chairman, and vice chairman William Dickey of his decision, said yesterday that he "was tired" and wanted a change after 28 years with the authority. The vacancy in the top administrative staff job at the DRPA is expected to create some controversy as officials of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the two states representated on the authority, try to select a replacement for Kelly.
August 25, 2010 |
The board of the DRPA on Wednesday toughened conflict-of-interest and other rules before going into closed session to decide the fate of Corporate Secretary John Lawless. After meeting for almost three hours, board members voted to merge the position of corporate secretary with the position of general counsel, which is held by Richard Brown. The move leaves Lawless without a DRPA job; he said after the meeting he expects to sue the agency. Lawless, a former Pennsylvania state legislator, was escorted from the building in April for still-undisclosed reasons.
April 18, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
September 11, 2009
After shelling out less than expected for a big purchase, most people would be relieved to put away their checkbook. Unless, of course, you're a member of the free-spending Delaware River Port Authority board and writing fat checks with public dollars. The bistate agency agreed this summer to spend up to $6 million to demolish Riverfront State Prison in North Camden to make way for waterfront development. Never mind that the price of the job may be much less than what the DRPA earmarked.
February 9, 1988 |
The Delaware River Port Authority set course yesterday toward a merger of public and private docks on both sides of the river. The authority's board of commissioners agreed to spend $300,000 to establish a division that will draft a plan allowing for consolidation of public and private marine terminals, with an eye on buying out the private facilities. The proposal was approved unanimously by the DRPA board's operations and maintenance committee yesterday, with no dissent from other authority commissioners attending the meeting.
July 2, 1987 |
Legal work being done by Francis A. Scanlan, the maritime lawyer Gov. Casey appointed three months ago to head the Delaware River Port Authority, has led Casey to seek Scanlan's resignation. "He has been asked by the governor's chief counsel to resign," Casey press spokesman Ron Jury said yesterday, "It's expected that Mr. Scanlan will resign. " Scanlan met earlier this week with the governor's counsel, Morey Myers, who asked him to resign because Casey feared Scanlan's continuing law practice might create conflicts of interest between the authority and his clients' interests.
March 21, 2014 |
John Hanson, the new chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, said Wednesday he will try to improve service for the agency's customers - the motorists who use its toll bridges and rail commuters who travel on PATCO trains. "I want to emphasize our stewardship role," said Hanson, the former DRPA chief financial officer who was selected Wednesday as permanent CEO. He had been acting CEO since January. "We hold the bridges in trust for the public. " The DRPA's newly installed chairman of the board, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, also said his focus would be on "affordable and excellent transportation.
December 12, 1987 |
The Delaware River Port Authority has paid $200,000 to its former representative in Bogota to resolve his claim that his firing last summer violated Colombian law. The $200,000 cash payment to Guillermo Petersson Rivadeneira was negotiated late last month by DRPA attorney John Yeomans in Bogota. Petersson also will receive a $58,000 distribution from the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, representing Petersson's contributions to the fund, and $800 a month in normal pension benefits.
February 17, 1994 |
The Delaware River Port Authority yesterday replaced the centralized management of its four bridges with a new system intended to improve maintenance and traffic flow and make employees more content. Each of the bi-state authority's Delaware River toll bridges - the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry - will have its own manager, with full authority and responsibility for day-to-day bridge operations. "The change is from a highly centralized, autocratic structure," the DRPA's executive director, Paul Drayton Jr., wrote to the board, "to a decentralized management where customer, employee and bridge needs and problems are anticipated and . . . solutions are implemented locally at each facility.
February 21, 2013
By Rob Teplitz For the past five years, I have served as former Auditor General Jack Wagner's alternate commissioner on the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. During that time, we created two independent watchdogs within the agency, the Audit Committee and the Office of Inspector General. These two entities were the most significant reforms passed by the board in decades, and both share the same general mission: hold employees and the board to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and good government.