Mayor Bill Peduto seeks resignations from all Pittsburgh board and authority members

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is asking the board members of 10 city authorities who were appointed by former mayors to resign as he attempts to clear the way for his own appointees.

Today, Mr. Peduto sent letters to former mayoral appointees of ten city authorities, asking them to step down before February board meetings. The authorities are the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Housing Authority, Planning Commission, Allegheny Regional Asset District, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Parking Authority, Sports and Exhibition Authority, Stadium Authority and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Mr. Peduto plans to use Talent City, a foundation-backed initiative meant to encourage merit-based hiring, to fill the vacant board seats. The positions are posted at and current board members can reapply.

Applicants will be screened by a bipartisan committee, which will select finalists. Mr. Peduto will then pick from the finalists picked by the committee.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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