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Released: 4/4/2012 

DRPA General Counsel To Retire: Board Of Commissioners To Appoint Successor

CAMDEN, N.J. – After nearly 22 years of service, Delaware River Port Authority General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Richard Brown is retiring.
Brown, 68, a resident of the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in public service, including several years as a prosecutor in Philadelphia.

“I’ve seen a lot of change during my time at the DRPA, but I think DRPA is moving in a positive direction,” Brown said.

He will be succeeded by Danielle Peyakovich McNichol, former counsel to the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission.

The DRPA Board of Commissioners is scheduled to appoint McNichol at its April 18 meeting.  Her appointment would become official on May 8, following review of the meeting minutes by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Brown will remain at the DRPA until early July in order to assist in transition.
McNichol, 43, a resident of Glen Mills, Pa., started April 4 at the DRPA as deputy general counsel.  She has served as an associate vice president of human resources for the Temple University Health System, counsel to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, deputy secretary of community and economic development and as a lawyer in private practice.

“I look forward to the challenges and the opportunities I’m certain to face as general counsel to the largest bi-state transportation agency on the Delaware River,” McNichol said.  “I find change invigorating, and I feel fortunate to be working for a public agency in transition.”

Brown’s annual salary as general counsel and corporate secretary was approximately $190,000.  McNichol will be paid an annual salary of approximately $170,000.


The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  The DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, which cross the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The DRPA also owns the PATCO commuter rail line – which runs between Lindenwold, N.J. and Philadelphia – and the RiverLink Ferry.

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