Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has ousted former state Rep. Michael Diven from the board of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority.
The mayor communicated the move to Pittsburgh City Council today. No action by council is required. The mayor appoints three members of the seven-member Alcosan board and appoints a fourth jointly with the Allegheny County executive.
Reached in Texas, where he is working on disaster relief, Mr. Diven said he was under the impression that he was removed from the board in May, when Mr. Ravenstahl left him a voice mail message to that effect. He said he stopped going to meetings then, and was surprised to learn recently that his removal hadn't officially occurred then.
Mr. Diven, a former city councilman, switched his registration from Democrat to Republican in 2005 to run for state Senate but lost, and he lost his House seat the next year.