Police chief returns to work

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Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper returned to work Monday after nearly two weeks off the job.

Chief Harper had been off work since the Jan. 15 death of his mother, Geraldine Harper, 83, of the Hill District. Spokeswoman Diane Richard said he took three bereavement days and the rest were discretionary days that he had earned.

His absence overlapped with new developments in a federal grand jury investigation looking at how a city contract was awarded to a former friend of his.

Chief Harper said last week that he has not testified before or received a target letter from a federal grand jury.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he was pleased that Chief Harper returned to work but provided no other comment through his spokeswoman, Joanna Doven.

The chief issued a statement Monday thanking those who offered condolences after his mother died.

-- Liz Navratil



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