Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the creation of the Special Independent Advisory Commission to review and evaluate the Dept. of Licenses & Inspections yesterday.
The purpose of the Commission is to review and evaluate L&I’s past and current operations, organizational structure, staffing and requirements, budget, use of technology and the City’s fine structure for violations of the City Code. The Commission will also review the events of the Jun. 5, 2013 building collapse with an emphasis on the workflow process and practice of the department in connection with the tragedy. A final report is due by Jul. 1, 2014.
the Mayor promised “an in-depth and independent look” into every aspect of L&I.
The commission will be led by Chair Glenn P. Corbett, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, and Exec. Dir. Peter Vaira, an attorney at Vaira & Riley, PC. Other commission members have been selected based on their expertise in the relevant subject areas or their interest as a stakeholder regarding the provision of such services. The commission includes the following people:
L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams said, “The Dept. of Licenses & Inspections welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Special Independent Commission to conduct a full assessment of our practices and operations. We look forward to collaborating with this distinguished panel on additional meaningful reform to help ensure the safety of all Philadelphians.”