PITTSBURGH, Pa., Jan. 14, 2014 – Today Mayor William Peduto requested the resignation of all prior mayoral appointments to ten key city boards, authorities and commissions, in advance of scheduled February meetings, as part of the Mayor’s effort to build the most talented and diverse city government Pittsburgh has ever had.
Postings for volunteer governance positions on nine key Boards, Authorities and Commissions were posted today on www.talent-city.com launching the second phase of the initiative administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation and created to support excellence in hiring by the new mayoral administration.
Ten boards were included in today’s launch: Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing Authority, City Planning Commission, Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD), Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), Parking Authority, Sports and Exhibition Authority, Stadium Authority and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Incumbent board members are invited to apply.
Mayor Peduto has the authority to appoint members to dozens of positions on Boards, Authorities and Commissions. He has elected to screen his nominees for these posts using a similar process to the one that is being used to hire 34 senior leadership positions within the new administration.
“We’re here to change the culture on Grant Street,” said Mayor Peduto. “For too long appointments to our most vital boards, authorities, and commissions have been handed out as political favors to friends and donors. That is stopping now.”
Under the Talent City program, launched by the Foundation in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, all candidates for the posted board positions will be screened by a specialized bi-partisan selection committee.
A final slate of qualified board candidates will be forwarded to the Mayor for review prior to the scheduled February meetings of each of the Boards, Authorities and Commissions. The Mayor may choose from these short-lists or request additional appointees for his consideration.
“We commend the Mayor in his efforts to appoint high quality board members to these Boards, Authorities and Commissions,” said Grant Oliphant, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “The engagement of an independent and transparent process like Talent City to screen appointees to these very influential bodies is a testament to the success of the process thus far.”
The $275,000 Talent City initiative is designed to provide comprehensive support for the new Mayoral administration in assembling an experienced and qualified team who will help lead Pittsburgh into a new era of development. Prior to the election on November 5, the initiative was endorsed by both Mayoral candidates.
More information is available at http://talent-city.com.
As a supplement to the Talent City evaluation process, Mayor Peduto also expects to be announcing recommendations of City Council member appointments to Board, Authorities and Commissions, consistent with common practice prior to 2006 that at least one member of City Council serve on these bodies.