Oftentimes a person will say to me, "He is a great guy." I always respond with, "Give me five examples why he is a great guy." Rarely can anyone make it past two.
The disgrace of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper's reprehensible behavior, right of entitlement, violation of the public's trust, lying, cheating and stealing would indicate he is not a "great guy." It is irrelevant that some claim him to be a nice man, great father and a good friend. He is a criminal who only regrets he got caught.
There are a few other issues that we must not lose sight of: Mr. Harper's boss, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and city Controller Michael Lamb should have discovered the fiduciary nightmares and corruption long before the FBI investigation surfaced. If I am the boss of the police department (a.k.a. the mayor) I would have the monitoring processes in place to ensure the chief was operating the department within all aspects of the law. As the controller for the last four-plus years, did Lamb audit the mayor's office and all departments who report directly to the mayor? I doubt it.
What other many skeletons of corruption, collusion and massive disregard for the public's well-being will be exposed? As taxpayers, we need to demand transparency in our government. Annual audits should be done immediately to correct any improprieties as soon as possible. In my corporate career, I have been audited monthly not only for my work product but for statutory requirements and, most importantly, fiduciary controls. Why is our local government exempt from this process?
My thoughts are that the old "machine" has rusted in corruption and replacement parts are obsolete. It is time to go in a new direction and demand transparency now.