Wolf removes Corbett’s Pa. open records agency appointee

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s removing the man just appointed by his predecessor to direct the state Office of Open Records.

Wolf, a Democrat who became governor two days ago, said Thursday that Erik Arneson’s appointment by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett lacks transparency and that he’ll conduct a national search to fill the position.

The job carries a six-year term. A top Senate Republican aide, Drew Crompton, questions whether Wolf has the power and authority to remove the office’s director.

Crompton calls it “partisan politics through and through.”

Wolf is also trying to stop more than two dozen nominations posted by Corbett in his final days.

The Office of Open Records handles appeals involving a wide section of government for people who have been denied access to records.

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