Open government advocate urges Wolf to reconsider firing

A leading advocate of open government is calling on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his firing of his predecessor’s appointee as director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records.

The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition said today that Mr. Wolf’s decision last week to oust Erik Arneson and appoint an acting director will have a long-term, negative impact on its integrity. Mr. Arneson was appointed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett a week before he left office.

The coalition says Mr. Wolf’s action could lead to firings by future governors who dislike the agency’s rulings and erode the agency’s authority. Continue>>>