Philly Health Commissioner Resigns

City of Philadelphia headshot/press photo

This isn’t really a sports story, but it’s worth sharing.

We’ve been mentioning Dr. Thomas Farley on this site for about a year now. He’s Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner and was part of the decision-making process when it came to reopening our sports venues. We got updates from him on stadium capacity and tailgating and other assorted COVID-related items.

But those updates are now going to be coming from someone else, because Farley just resigned:

Pretty crazy huh? Today is the  36th anniversary of the MOVE bombing, and the news about the remains came out recently. This is a stunner, though. Didn’t expect a follow up like this.

There’s a press conference scheduled for 5 p.m., but Mayor Kenney also wrote this:

“In addition to these administrative decisions, I wanted to ensure that the Africa family learned of this incident directly from me, and before the general public. Today, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Africa family and apologize for the way this situation was handled, and for how the City has treated them for the last five decades. I also promised them full transparency into the outside review of this incident, as well as the handling — or mishandling — of all remains of every MOVE victim. The Team investigating this incident will include individuals specifically approved by the Africa family and we will make every effort to resolve this matter to MOVE’s satisfaction.

“While Dr. Farley disclosed, accepted responsibility, and resigned, it is imperative to understand the knowledge and actions of others in my administration at the time. In addition to identifying these individuals, it is my goal that this investigation and final report present a complete picture that’s been missing for far too long, and that it brings some comfort and closure to the victims’ families. My Administration has retained Dechert LLP to conduct this review.