Search begins for new Parking Authority director

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The search is underway to find a new executive director for the embattled Philadelphia Parking Authority. The agency posted a job notice on its site Wednesday seeking a manager to oversee the $250 million budget and 1,100 employees.


Clarena Tolson, a former deputy manager for infrastructure and transportation for the city, was appointed to an interim one-year term to head the authority in October. Tolson, a Democrat, filled the vacancy left by longtime director Vincent J. Fenerty, who resigned following two sexual harassment scandals. Fenerty, a Republican ward leader, had been at the helm for 11 years.

Tolson did not respond to requests for comment Thursday on whether she would seek to remain in the post permanently.


Six months into the job, she received criticism from one of the authority’s main labor unions, AFSCME Local 1637, after hiring her daughter’s 22-year-old roommate to a $48,000-a-year position that did not previously exist.

Several sources within the authority said the incident miffed at least two members of the board, which met in executive session without Tolson at the authority’s last meeting March 31st.

PPA spokesman Martin O’Rourke declined to comment on personnel issues, but said it would not be unusual for the board to meet without Tolson if they were discussing the executive director position.





Board member and city councilman Al Taubenberger said the board will consider all applicants.

“Clarena is a talented lady with much experience in Philadelphia and that’s a good thing but I think we are going to stay with the search firm’s idea of doing a very,very broad, certainly national, maybe even international, Canada or elsewhere, search,” he said. “We’re sticking to that and Clarena knew that as well…I think she can grow into the position and she certainly can apply and I would urge her to apply.”

The PPA is working with CCI Consulting, a Blue Bell-based talent search firm, to fill the position. The posting says of the opportunity: “It’s a dynamic and changing time for PPA as they seek a proven leader who is both strategic and pragmatic.”

Preferred candidates for the $233,677 a year post have a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration, economics, or related business discipline and a master’s degree in business administration or public policy.

Qualifications also include fifteen or more years in a transportation or parking authority, labor relations experience, business acumen and the “highest degree of ethics.”






















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