McClure has already won the battle to control the GPA, which he has blasted as a "rogue" authority. Earlier this year, he was able to appoint two allies to the seven-member board. Then, right before County Council was poised to act, GPA Board members Peg Ferraro and J Michael Dowd also resigned. These resignations are what enabled McClure to appoint himself and Council member Lori Vargo Heffner to the GPA, giving him effective control.
On June 21, County Council adopted a strongly worded resolution calling for the resignations of both GPA Chair Shawn Langen and Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus (NMM), GPA's Solicitor.
NMM has since resigned. GPA Chair Shawn Langen refuses to step aside, but has instead challenged Executive McClure's right to participate on the GPA board, based on a 1941 Pa. Supreme Court decision.
Historically, the County Executive has chaired the GPA. In fact, GPA by-laws require at least one County Council member to serve on the Board.
Executive McClure explained that he'd rather resign than give Langen an opportunity to file a lawsuit and waste taxpayer resources.
Langen has also suggested that the GPA, and not County Council, should fill vacancies on its own Board. But Steve Hann, regional solicitor to the Pa. Municipal Authorities Association, has already told him that the prevailing view is that County Council, and not the GPA, makes these appointments.