The Philadelphia Parking Authority has fired Executive Director Vincent Finerty, Jr., after sexual harassment charges came to light. Finerty had been charged with groping and propositioning female employees. Other employees levelled similar charges against him in 2006.
When employees again charged Finerty with harassment in 2015, the board paid $30,000 for an independent investigation. The investigation substantiated the charges, but the board did not fire Finerty. Instead, it required him to get counseling.
It took two employees complaining about Finerty’s behavior before the PPA board remembered the 2006 complaints and moved to take disciplinary action.
The PPA is largely seen as a Republican patronage organization; however, the board replaced Finerty with a Democrat, Clarena Tolson. Tolson will serve as interim chief while the board conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.