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Former state Sen. Logan to leave UPMC for Visit Monroeville director's job

Sean Logan
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A former state senator who left the public eye 2 12 years ago to take a job as a vice president at UPMC is returning to public work to run Monroeville's convention and visitors bureau.

Sean Logan, 42, of Plum served on the board of directors for Visit Monroeville, also known as the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Monroeville, for the past five years before resigning from the board to become director Jan. 1 at a salary of $125,000. He was not a part of the hiring vote, Monroeville solicitor Bruce Dice said.

“It's a wonderful opportunity. Who wouldn't want to come back and talk about their community?” Logan said Wednesday. “It's not always about money. It's just a fabulous opportunity to promote the convention center. There's something to be said for going back to the community you once served.”

UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said Logan made the decision to leave the hospital system.

“He wants to return to a more public life directly involved with the community,” Wood said. “He made an enormous contribution to UPMC.”

Wood and Logan declined to say how much Logan was paid as vice president of community relations. He said Logan was involved in the startup of the UPMC East hospital in Monroeville.

Logan will transition from UPMC to his new position in the next few weeks and months, Wood said. He started at UPMC on Sept. 1, 2010, months after resigning his Senate seat. Logan said the majority of his time will be spent at the Monroeville job while he completes his last UPMC projects.

Logan's successor, Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport, is a member of the Visit Monroeville board. He said it's OK for the board to hire one of its own.

“Process and transparency are important, but what's most important is getting the right person in the right spot,” Brewster said.

Logan will make more than the previous Visit Monroeville executive director, Karrie Burns, who left in August 2011. She said she was paid a little more than $80,000, and Dice said it was near $90,000.

“I think he'll be great for the position,” said Burns, who said she left the organization on good terms. She said she also was a member of the board before being hired as director, which Logan pointed out.

“I don't foresee that to be a problem at all. A lot of board members get hired (in their organizations),” Logan said.

Visit Monroeville set a $670,300 budget for 2013 with the majority — $525,000 — of its revenue coming from taxes. The organization received $86,000 in gambling revenue last year and expects to receive $100,000 this year.

The gambling revenue generated controversy in 2009 when Republicans on Allegheny County Council criticized a board Logan helped set up to distribute casino money. A Tribune-Review analysis at the time found that two-thirds of the money paid by the county Community Infrastructure and Tourism Board went to projects in the Senate districts of Logan; Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park; and Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills.

Visit Monroeville won a $250,000 grant in 2009, and the municipality got $1 million in 2008 for the then-convention center project. Logan was president of Visit Monroeville at the time.

The Community Infrastructure and Tourism Board dissolved, and the county's redevelopment authority now distributes casino money.

In 2009, a former director of Visit Monroeville admitted stealing almost $200,000 from the organization, according to court records. Sandra L. Rice, 60, of Irwin pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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