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By Bobby Kerlik
Monday, March 11, 2013, 6:18 p.m.
 

An attorney representing Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Eric Holmes said on Monday that a company his client formed with former Chief Nate Harper and three others will dissolve this year.

Attorney Patrick Thomassey said Diversified Public Safety Consultants did three jobs in 2012, taking in a total of about $5,600.

“None of it involved public time. It was all on their own time,” Thomassey said. “As soon as the taxes are paid for 2012, it will be dissolved.”

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. last month sent a cease-and-desist letter to company owners Holmes, Harper, Sgt. Barry Budd, Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford and civilian police clerk Tamara Davis.

Thomassey said the jobs were security-related, including consulting for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

“They decided to set it up because they were getting inquiries after the G-20. Part of the fallout was that Pittsburgh did such a good job with the G-20 security that they were getting calls,” Thomassey said.

Pittsburgh hosted the Group of 20 economic summit with world leaders in 2009.

Thomassey didn't know who proposed establishing a company or why those five became involved.

He said Holmes took a second job as public safety director at Slippery Rock University with approval from the city Law Department. Holmes was interim director of public safety from 2007-08 at Slippery Rock. City Solicitor Dan Regan did not return a call for comment.

Thomassey said Holmes provided him an email exchange with the law department showing the office knew about the job. He did not release the email.

“Eric is a single guy. He loves his work. He's never double-dipped,” Thomassey said.

He said Holmes knew nothing about several accounts at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union, which the FBI is investigating. Authorities are trying to determine whether someone diverted public money into the accounts.

Investigators with the District Attorney's Office separately are reviewing whether companies involving four other Pittsburgh officers should have private detective licenses, spokesman Mike Manko said.

Kincaid Security LLC is connected to Sgt. Charles Henderson; homicide detective Scott Evans owns Evans Polygraph Services Inc.; Officer Martin Link owns L&N Security Services; and Sgt. Dan Connolly owns Pittsburgh Collision and Reconstructive Services.

— Bobby Kerlik is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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