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ICA considering settlement with former executive director

Bob Bauder
| Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Henry Sciortino was the executive director of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Henry Sciortino was the executive director of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

A state watchdog overseeing Pittsburgh's finances will consider a “settlement agreement” Wednesday with its former executive director, who was terminated in May and is the target of an Allegheny County District Attorney's office investigation.

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's Board of Directors scheduled a special meeting in the City-County Building, Downtown, to discuss and vote on an agreement with Henry Sciortino, 67, of West Chester.

Executive Director Reynolds Clark said the board would discuss the agreement during a private executive session before the 5 p.m. public meeting in City Council Chambers. He declined to provide further details to the Tribune-Review — including the amount of the potential settlement — calling the situation a “personnel matter.”

Other board members contacted by the Trib declined to comment.

Sciortino's Downtown attorney Thomas Farrell and ICA attorney Matthew Haverstick of Philadelphia could not be reached. Sciortino did not return a message.

The ICA's board in April terminated Sciortino's month-to-month contract following an investigative series by the Tribune-Review that uncovered financial mismanagement and shoddy record keeping under Sciortino's watch. Sciortino continued earning his $12,000 monthly salary until May 31.

The Trib found that 92 percent of all ICA spending receipts between 2010 and 2016 were missing and that Sciortino failed to tell ICA board members that he sought personal federal bankruptcy protection between 2010 and 2011. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court filings accused him of attempting to hide thousands of dollars from creditors in sham companies.

State and federal agencies began investigating Sciortino following the newspaper reports.

Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said investigators continue to look into Sciortino's activities.

The state Legislature created the ICA in 2004 to help Pittsburgh avoid bankruptcy.

Then-Gov. Ed Rendell appointed Sciortino to head the agency and devise ways for Pittsburgh to pay down municipal debt and fully fund employee health care plans.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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