Decision Over Port Authority CEO’s Job Delayed
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The fate of Port Authority CEO Steve Bland remains in limbo.
On Friday morning, the Port Authority Board was expected to fire Bland or accept his forced resignation. It was expected to be a heated meeting, but instead, it never happened.
The Port Authority Board of Directors was scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. But around 10 a.m., Port Authority Spokesman Jim Ritchie announced that the meeting had been postponed.
There was no explanation as to why.
However, KDKA has learned that board members canceled because they are working on a deal for Bland.
“We’re rescheduling our regular business meeting that was planned for this morning and the annual board meeting both for next Friday at 9:30, so there will be no meeting today,” said Ritchie.
Bland, who has led the Port Authority since 2006, was expected to resign under pressure or be fired at today’s meeting.
Sources tell KDKA that there are enough votes on the nine member board to terminate Bland.
Sources also say Bland has been fighting with board members for months behind the scenes – an alleged back and forth over a number of topics including fare problems and bad relations with the union.
The Port Authority has refused to the comment on the situation.
Meanwhile, the rescheduled meeting is set to take place Friday, Feb. 1.