Job in limbo for Pa. Open Records Office director

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2014 10:20 AM

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(Pittsburgh) -- The woman hired six years ago to oversee sweeping changes to Pennsylvania's open records law is waiting to see if she still has a job.

Governor Corbett hasn't decided whether to reappoint Terry Mutchler to a second six-year term. Mutchler, a former Associated Press journalist, took the $142,358-a-year post after lawmakers voted in 2008 to grant unprecedented access to the inner workings of public agencies.

Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the governor will decide "at the appropriate time."

State officials from both parties have sent Corbett at least five letters on her behalf. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson County), and Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware County) cited Mutchler's "unimpeachable integrity'' and fairness in a recent letter.

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