Delay sought in hearing over Pa. open records officer status

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office wants more time before a hearing about who should serve as director of the state Office of Open Records.

The filing Thursday said lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf, the open records agency and a state department want to interview Erik Arneson, who was fired from the position last week by the newly sworn-in governor.

Wolf’s lawyers are asking Commonwealth Court to delay a hearing on the matter that’s currently scheduled for next week.

Arneson’s attorney, Joel Frank, says he’s against a postponement of the hearing and hasn’t determined whether he’ll oppose any effort to depose Arneson.

Wolf removed Arneson from the job a week after outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett appointed him. Arneson and the Senate Republicans want a judge to return him to the position.

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