ICA reaches settlement agreement with former director
October 26, 2016 11:24 AM
Former Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority executive director Henry Sciortino.
By Adam Smeltz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The former executive director of a Pittsburgh fiscal watchdog agency will receive $48,000 under a settlement agreement finalized Wednesday evening.
In a Downtown meeting, board members at the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority voted 3-0 to pay Henry Sciortino the equivalent of four months’ salary. The board agreed in April not to renew Mr. Sciortino’s month-to-month employment contract, effectively ending his ICA tenure amid questions about record-keeping and other practices there.
Board chairwoman B.J. Leber said ICA leaders would not address reporters’ questions Wednesday about the settlement pact, which releases Mr. Sciortino of West Chester and the authority from any future complaints and grievances against each other. Ms. Leber joined board members Esther L. Barazzone and Paul T. Harper in voting for the action, while Michael I. Danovitz and Nicholas D. Varischetti were absent.
Before the vote, Mr. Harper said, board members held a closed-door executive session to discuss possible litigation. No one has brought any recent lawsuits against the authority, G. Reynolds “Renny” Clark, the ICA’s interim executive director, said later.
“This has been, obviously, a personnel action, so there will be no further comment from members of the board,” Ms. Leber said after the settlement decision.
She said the five-page agreement would have to speak for itself. Among other provisions, it prevents the ICA and Mr. Sciortino from making “disparaging statements or representations” about each other — “unless required to do so by legal process.”
Neither Mr. Sciortino nor his lawyer returned phone calls seeking comment.
The Allegheny County district attorney’s office confirmed in April that it was looking at “possible discrepancies involving the ICA” and Mr. Sciortino. That investigation remains active, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.
Mr. Manko said he could not elaborate.
A copy of the settlement agreement shows Mr. Sciortino’s signature dated Oct. 17. Mr. Clark said the expense falls under the ICA budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 — a budget that includes a roughly $300,000 shortfall. He said the agency is working with city and state officials to plug that gap.
Appointed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell in 2004, Mr. Sciortino ran the ICA for more than a decade. State lawmakers created the authority to monitor Pittsburgh’s finances as the city entered the Act 47 program for distressed municipalities. Mayor Bill Peduto has said the city is on pace to emerge from fiscal oversight in 2019.
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