Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murky Waters at Pwsa the New Director's Job Record Smells Bad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murky Waters at Pwsa the New Director's Job Record Smells Bad

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Kenneth Charles Griffin, the newly hired director of the troubled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, initially said he resigned from a similar job in North Carolina in 2013 so his wife could take work in Virginia. Then he clarified Friday that it was a "forced resignation." Meanwhile, the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority says it terminated Mr. Griffin. Newspapers in that state reported that he was fired and one authority board member told the Post-Gazette that Mr. Griffin's performance there was"unsatisfactory."

The PWSA board is on notice: It must make sure it fully understands the circumstances surrounding Mr. Griffin's departure from South Carolina, and it must be absolutely certain that he is the right choice for the $190,000-a-year position overseeing water and sewer operations here.

In recent years, the agency has been roiled by a controversial line insurance program, which a court ruled illegal; repeated flooding in some neighborhoods; questionable debt; poor customer service; inaccurate and undelivered bills; criticism for switching treatment chemicals without alerting the state; and the abrupt ending to the tenures of the last two executive directors. …

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