2 directors working in Pa. open-records office

Erik Arneson, appointed director by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett two weeks ago, arrives at the Office Of Open Records the day after he was fired one day after being fired by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Erik Arneson, appointed director by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett two weeks ago, arrives at the Office Of Open Records the day after he was fired one day after being fired by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The man who calls himself the executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records is on the job – and so is the agency’s acting executive director.

Erik Arneson, a former state Senate aide appointed director by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his final days in office, showed up for work Friday, one day after being fired by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Arneson, who’s not being paid and has been stripped of his keys and parking permit, and Nathan Byerly, the deputy whom Wolf named as acting director, are operating under an unusual power-sharing agreement.

Arneson says he anticipates litigation over the conflicting actions, but no lawsuits have been filed yet.

Byerly says he’s overseeing the agency’s staff and its busy workload. Arneson is focusing on protecting the agency’s independence.

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