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Dominic Pileggi

Wolf reinstates Open Records chief

Wolf reinstates Open Records chief

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has reinstated the state's Open Records chief, pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Wolf's decision to let Erik Arneson serve as executive director came five days after Commonwealth Court ruled Wolf overstepped his authority when he fired Arneson within days of being sworn into office on Jan. 20. Wolf dismissed Arneson, arguing his last-minute appointment by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to the six-year post was not conducive to the democratic process. The court's 4-3 ruling also ordered the Democratic governor to reinstate Arneson, a longtime Republican Senate aide, immediately with prorated back pay and benefits. Within hours...