DRPA public safety chief resigns

    The embattled public safety chief of the Delaware River Port Authority has resigned his post. Michael Joyce’s departure comes just ahead of a set of reforms agency officials expect to announce tomorrow.

    The embattled public safety chief of the Delaware River Port Authority has resigned his post. Michael Joyce’s departure comes just ahead of a set of reforms agency officials expect to announce tomorrow.

    The salary and perks Michael Joyce got as public safety chief have become a symbol of wasteful excess at the port authority, which runs 4 bridges and the PATCO lines.

    He makes $180,000 a year, nearly as much as Philadelphia’s police commissioner, and he was recently disciplined for giving his daughter free EZ pass privileges.

    Joyce has now resigned under pressure. Authority chairman John Estey says you can expect some lasting reforms at the port authority.

    “I will support doing away with car allowances. I will also support eliminating free EZ pass for management employees.”

    Estey is also expected to announce steps to make more of the agency’s deliberations public.

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