Sheriff's Office clash pits officials against courts

The City Controller blasted the Sheriff's Office for not providing records of $53 million connected to property sales

By Marcia Gelbart and Jeff Shields
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A power struggle over the future of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office has pitted the Nutter administration against the First Judicial District, with tensions running high as officials scramble to meet a timetable to return to selling foreclosed properties by March.

Common Pleas Court President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe has proposed leaving the Sheriff's Office largely intact and appointing an advisory board to recommend reforms. But the Nutter administration seeks a significant role in daily oversight of the office.

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