Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF NATE HARPER
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says Police Chief Nate Harper has resigned at his request.
Ravenstahl told reporters that he asked the 60-year-old Harper to resign after meeting with FBI agents earlier Wednesday.
The move came a week after federal agents gathered boxes of records from police headquarters and just days after City Controller Michael Lamb announced an audit of the force's special events office.
Ravenstahl ordered a review of the police bureau on Feb. 8 after learning that Harper partnered with four subordinates to form a private security firm — including a man he promoted to commander.
Harper, who has denied any wrongdoing, became chief in October 2006 after working his way up through the ranks. He had been with the police force for 29 years.