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Monday, March 25, 2013, 5:21 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday will consider paying former Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani $10,000 to review the Pittsburgh Police Bureau's policies for officers who moonlight or own businesses not regulated by the department.

Submitted by the city Law Department, council is scheduled to introduce the bill on Tuesday and take a final vote in two weeks.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl called for the review on Feb. 8 upon learning then-Chief Nate Harper partnered with four subordinates in forming the private security firm Diverse Public Safety Consultants LLC. Ravenstahl said he chose Toprani, 34, of Monongahela, an attorney with the Downtown firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, based on his experience investigating police corruption while serving as district attorney from 2007-11.

Ravenstahl asked for and received Harper's resignation on Feb. 20. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted Harper on five federal charges of failing to file tax returns and diverting public money into private accounts for his own use. His attorney has indicated he plans to plead guilty.

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