Police clerk in Pittsburgh probe decides to retire

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One of four women placed on paid administrative leave during an ongoing federal investigation into Pittsburgh city and police bureau dealings has retired.

Kim Montgomery, 61, worked in the bureau's North Side headquarters as a clerk in the personnel and finance office until she was placed on leave last year.

Ms. Montgomery, who began working for the city in 1977, submitted her retirement papers Friday, Thomas Stangrecki, acting assistant chief of administration, said Monday.

"It wasn't a sudden decision. She prayed about it, and the spirit told her it was time," Ms. Montgomery's spokesman, Warner Macklin III, said. "This was something that she and her family were planning on for a long time, and it just seemed right to do it now. She had the age and the time."

Ms. Montgomery was one of four police bureau employees placed on leave when acting police Chief Regina McDonald took over last year after the forced resignation of former Chief Nate Harper.

Mr. Harper has since pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to file his income tax returns and worked with others in the bureau to divert thousands of dollars meant to pay for officers' off-duty moonlighting into off-the-books accounts, which Mr. Harper sometimes tapped for his personal use.

"Since day one, she's never had any contact with any authorities and planned not to," Mr. Macklin said of Ms. Montgomery. "She just wants to live a quiet life with her family."

Ms. Montgomery was involved in D&T Enterprises, a business that in 2011 billed the bureau $7,037 for catering and drawstring bags.

Her daughter, Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford, was among those who organized a side consulting business called Diverse Public Safety Consultants with Mr. Harper and others in the bureau, including a sergeant Mr. Harper later promoted to commander.

The business has since dissolved.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published January 27, 2014 7:03 PM

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