A company organized in part by former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper appears to have gotten its first business at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis in 2012 and involved more city police bureau employees than its five organizers.
Diverse Public Safety Consultants LLC offered both manpower and consulting to Landmark Event Staffing Services on at least two separate occasions last year, according to a spokesman for Landmark, which provided some security for Super Bowl XLVI.
Officer Dale Ford, husband of Diverse Public Safety Consultants organizer Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford, and narcotics Detective Brock Covington went to Indianapolis to provide extra security for a private post-Super Bowl party and told Landmark to bill Diverse Public Safety Consultants, Landmark spokesman Mike Harrison said Monday.
This is the first time officers other than the organizers have been publicly connected to work performed by Diverse Public Safety Consultants.
Detective Covington said he couldn't comment because he was working. Warner Macklin III, a spokesman for Ms. Montgomery-Ford, said Officer Ford had no comment.
"Police officers do moonlight, and there are many instances of other officers making decent outside income from major league sports teams through the city of Pittsburgh," Mr. Macklin said.
Diverse was organized formally on Feb. 28, 2012, by then-Chief Harper, Sgt. Barry Budd, Tonya Montgomery-Ford, police bureau civilian employee Tamara L. Davis and Cmdr. Eric Holmes, who was promoted to commander six months after the business was incorporated.
Officer Montgomery-Ford is currently on paid administrative leave along with her mother, Kim Montgomery, a police bureau civilian, and Ms. Davis.
The business, which Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he was not aware of, is one of several factors that has led to a legal review by the city of police officers' side businesses. Some have questioned whether the chief should have been involved in a side business with his subordinates.
"We didn't even know the police chief was involved," Mr. Harrison said when asked about Mr. Harper's involvement in the business that provided consulting services to Landmark.
Mr. Harrison said Landmark paid Diverse Public Safety Consultants $1,400 to provide last-minute security help from Detective Covington and Officer Ford for a "team party" on the night of the Super Bowl, which Mr. Harrison described as a private VIP event.
The Super Bowl was held Feb. 5 and the earliest incorporation papers for Diverse Public Safety Consultants are dated Feb. 8, according to state records.
Those papers initially were rejected because they lacked a signature page. When they were resubmitted Feb. 28, they contained for the first time Mr. Harper's name.
Mr. Harrison said Landmark also paid Diverse Public Safety Consultants $4,200 for consulting services provided by Sgt. Budd and Cmdr. Holmes, including a trip to Fort Collins, Colo., in March 2012 to consult with Landmark staff.
Mr. Harrison said Sgt. Budd and Cmdr. Holmes consulted with Landmark on "guest services" issues, particularly "employee communication with guests and how to defuse situations."
There wasn't a written contract with Landmark for any of these services. "This was all done on a casual basis," Mr. Harrison said, referring to all of Landmark's transactions with Diverse.
Mr. Harper originally claimed that the business was dormant, but Patrick J. Thomassey, an attorney for Cmdr. Holmes, acknowledged this month that the corporation generated $5,600 in revenue last year, although he said it came from three customers.
Mr. Thomassey could not be immediately reached for comment. He has said the corporation will be dissolved after its taxes are paid this year.
Alex Zimmerman: email@example.com or 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @AGZimmerman. Liz Navratil and Jonathan D. Silver contributed.