Developing: Harrisburg Receiver David Unkovic Resigns

Updated from earlier version.

Court-appointed Harrisburg Receiver David Unkovic has resigned.

Harrisburg Hope founder and president Alan Kennedy-Shaffer released this statement regarding Harrisburg Receiver David Unkovic’s resignation amidst intense pressure from interested parties on his fiscal plan for the ailing city:

Receiver David Unkovic’s resignation is a major setback to the recovery process. Getting Harrisburg out of debt is going to take concessions from creditors, sacrifices from residents, and creative solutions on all sides. David Unkovic was listening to the community. He was leading the way – slowly – toward a solution to the debt crisis.

Without leadership, the prospect of bankruptcy for Harrisburg becomes much greater. With leadership, Harrisburg can recover, if everyone does their part. It is now going to be more difficult to fully investigate the causes of the debt crisis. Harrisburg is still waiting for accountability — criminal or civil — for what David Unkovic called a “house of cards.”

Kennedy-Shaffer’s Harrisburg Hope has hosted Unkovic and other officials involved in the city’s recovery plan.

Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski earlier issued this statement: Mr. Unkovic had been serving the city well. He listened to every voice on the subject and was fair and honest. He was asking the right questions and coming to the right conclusions. I hope that the Governor and the DCED Secretary appoint a replacement that will continue to review the information in a fair manner and uncover the truth.

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