Roddey & transit issues

| Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In response to Jim Roddey's letter “Disrespecting transit board” (Jan. 31 and TribLIVE.com): It was on Roddey's watch as Allegheny County chief executive that former Port Authority CEO Paul Skoutelas was able to somehow institute the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) in 2002 to entice retirement-eligible employees — at the time, 15 percent of the authority's nonunion workforce — to stay on.

The program allowed dozens of management employees to begin collecting their pensions in DROP accounts until they left the agency. This allowed them to “double dip.”

It also allowed Skoutelas to walk away from Port Authority with a package worth over $9,000 per month at the time. Maybe Roddey should look in the mirror before reflecting on others.

Paul M. Ruda

West View

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