Winners & Losers
This week’s biggest Winners & Losers
Who’s up and who’s down this week?
If you ain't talking money, they don't wanna talk. It’s budget season in Harrisburg, which means state agencies and entities receiving tax dollars are sitting down in front of lawmakers at the state Capitol to answer questions regarding their funding. It will soon become clear whether the legislature can reach an agreement before the budget deadline in June, or if the commonwealth will once again be in a crunch.
Keep reading for more of this week’s Winners & Losers!
Angelica Docog -
The State Museum of Pennsylvania has a new leader. Angelica Docog, formerly the first museum director of the Polish Heritage Center in Panna Maria, Texas, has been named the next director of the state museum, a move that will put her in charge of the museum’s general operations and programming, as well as overseeing the museum’s various collections.
Cherelle Parker -
As the primary election approaches, more Philadelphia organizations are beginning to show their cards. The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters endorsed Parker, joining the building trades, which represents more than 30 unions in the construction industry. On top of that, after former police lieutenant John Wood dropped out of the race, Parker will move up to the top of the Democratic ballot.
Eric Olshan -
Everyone say hello to Eric Olshan, the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Olshan, formerly an assistant U.S. attorney in the district, was nominated for the post by President Joe Biden this week. A vacancy in the office was created when then-U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung was confirmed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Olshan will succeed Troy Rivetti – who is serving in an acting capacity following Chung’s departure – if he’s ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Danielle Outlaw -
Nearly three years after the 2020 racial justice protests over the killing of George Floyd, the City of Philadelphia is being forced to pay up. The city agreed to pay $9.25 million to about 350 protestors who filed civil rights lawsuits because they were tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets during the unrest. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw approved the use of these tactics that summer. In the largest settlement in a protest-related case in the city’s history, the city has also agreed to contribute $500,000 to provide counseling to victims of police violence.
John “Herm” Suplizio -
Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced this week that DuBois City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio was arrested for allegedly stealing from city funds to pay his personal credit card bills, make political contributions and gamble. Suplizio allegedly used money that was designated for community days hosted in the summer, and with prosecutors keeping a close eye, he’s likely feeling the heat right now.
James Carey -
A former police officer is going beyond bars for a long time. James Carey, a former Bucks County officer who served as the D.A.R.E. program resource officer in Centennial School District, was sentenced this week to up to 24 ½ to 55 years in prison for 20 counts of statutory rape. Prosecutors alleged Carey assaulted several teenage boys while serving in the district in the 1990s.