The Pittsburgh police union president said Friday that there should be a new acting chief for
Pittsburgh police, and he made some surprising comments about former chief Nate Harper, who is now facing federal charges.
Police Union President Mike Laporte said Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson should be leading the department now.
“The logical choice is the man who already holds the position of deputy chief,” said Laporte. “We’d like to see the integrity of our police bureau brought back.”
According to Laporte, the union wants Acting Chief Regina McDonald replaced because they went to her months ago with concerns about the special events fund that’s now the focus of a federal probe and got no satisfaction.
“We went to her as far back as last summer…,” said Laporte. “That’s when we raised concerns about how much was in the account, and we kind of got stymied.”
Last month, McDonald defended her record and said she had the integrity to lead the bureau, but she would not comment on the special events.
The ongoing investigation led to charges against former chief Nate Harper, who is accused of funneling special events funds into a secret account and using that for personal gain.
Although Laporte stopped short of defending the former chief, he said Harper did not work alone.
“Everybody likes to blame Nate Harper because he's not here to defend himself, said Laporte. “Certainly, there were people who oversaw that department who certainly should have known.”
Channel 11 contacted McDonald Friday for comment, but have not heard back.
If any change were to take place with the acting chief position, the decision would be up to the mayor.