WASHINGTON — The White House confirmed today that Postal Service Governor John McKean, the three-time chairman of the panel whose resignation was demanded by the head of a congressional committee, has quit.
McKean is the San Francisco accountant who helped Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III obtain $60,000 in unsecured loans shortly before McKean's appointment to the postal board in 1981.
Meese was serving as White House counsel to President Reagan at the time of the questionable loans.
McKean, who resigned on Tuesday, had been scheduled to appear today before the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee. The chairman of the committee, Rep. William D. Ford (D-Mich.) had demanded his resignation.
The General Accounting Office determined that Postal Service funds were improperly used to pay for a counsel to represent McKean at Meese's confirmation hearings as attorney general.