Former prosecutor tabbed as new Pittsburgh solicitor

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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this morning nominated Daniel D. Regan, a former assistant Allegheny County district attorney, to become the next city solicitor.

Mr. Regan will replace the city's current top attorney George Specter, who is stepping down from the position to serve as general counsel to the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Citing Mr. Regan's experience in the county's district attorney office, Mr. Ravenstahl said that Mr. Regan, "has taken charge and showed great leadership in heading up big cases that ultimately resulted in a better future for many of our neighborhoods."

"He will fight for what's right, be tough on the bad guys, and get the job done. He will be a great addition to the team and his appointment is the right choice for our city," said Mr. Ravenstahl.

Mr. Regan, 34, currently a partner with the Pittsburgh law firm Caputo & Caputo, is a city native who grew up on the North Side and graduated from New York University before receiving his law degree from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

City Council is tentatively scheduled to interview Mr. Regan on Wednesday, and vote on his appointment on Nov. 23.

Meanwhile, Mr. Specter, who has submitted his resignation, will begin work with the redevelopment authority upon confirmation of Mr. Regan by City Council.

Karamagi Rujumba can be reached at or 412-263-1719.


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