Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl asked Police Chief Nate Harper, 60, to resign after a meeting with the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office a few hours before, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He said the bureau called for the meeting and gave him information that made him decide to force the chief out, just a day after he’d stood by him publicly and cautioned against being “judge and jury” regarding allegations about the chief.
Federal investigators serving subpoenas have taken paperwork from both police headquarters and the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union as part of what appears to be a probe of the bureau’s special events and personnel and finance offices. Neither the FBI nor the IRS has publicly explained what is being investigated, although Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson has said he believes the inquiry is in response to internal allegations of misappropriation of funds from the offices. Harper’s attorney, Robert G. Del Greco Jr., said, “It is apparent to me that the ongoing distractions and investigations make it no longer possible for Nate Harper to dedicate the time and energy necessary to faithfully discharge his duties as Police Chief.”