For eight years I was a deputy auditor general to Jack Wagner in Harrisburg. He also named numerous other women to senior-level positions during his term.
I had neither met nor worked for Mr. Wagner prior to being considered for my position, but I wish I had known him beforehand.
His interest in human service issues is genuine, his independence is unshakable and his integrity is unassailable.
He held public hearings in Pittsburgh and elsewhere after identifying the state's wrongful diversion of millions of dollars, money that by law had made basic health insurance affordable for 40,000 working Pennsylvanians.
He found serious flaws in the state's Megan's Law website, flaws devaluing the legal mandate to provide communities with information to protect families and prevent victims. His work resulted in a major website makeover.
He got the state moving to fulfill its promise to provide rural transportation to persons with disabilities.
Overall, I found him to be a consensus-builder and a champion for those who needed a voice.
I also learned even more personally about his care and concern for others. When my 27-year-old daughter was killed in 2008 in a horrific act of domestic violence, Mr. Wagner not only attended her services but was also a serious and compassionate listener, always eager to participate in discussions about domestic violence and women's issues.
Voters in Pittsburgh will be served well with Jack Wagner as their mayor. He is a fine leader.
STEPHANIE GARMAN MAURER