Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter on Monday scheduled a May 24 hearing to vet the nomination of Harrisburg’s next fiscal receiver, according to the court docket.
The state Department of Community and Economic Development on Friday petitioned the court to appoint retired United States Air Force Maj. Gen. William B. Lynch to the post.
The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3001 of the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.
DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker filed the petition under the direction of Gov. Tom Corbett. If appointed, Lynch would replace David Unkovic, who resigned at the end of March.
Under the commonwealth’s Act 47 law, Corbett is authorized to direct the DCED secretary to file a petition in the court for a newly appointed receiver when the position has become vacant.
The law requires a hearing within 15 days of a petition. A decision must be made within 60 days.
Lynch, 69, spent 40 years in the military, including serving as an air operations division director for the National Guard during operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He also has been Pennsylvania’s adjutant general under three governors.
Harrisburg carries more than $326 million of incinerator debt, DCED spokesman Steven Kratz has said. When the city entered Act 47 in December 2010, the debt was $288 million.