Peduto not ready to name Pittsburgh's public safety director yet

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said today that he does not know when he will make a decision on who will be the city’s public safety director, a position that will oversee five bureaus, including the police and fire departments.

Mr. Peduto said last week that he planned to make the decision early this week and on Wednesday said he hoped to name someone this week. Today, he said he did not want to put a timeline on what he called one of the most critical decisions of his nascent administration. He said it would be the first major hire he would make.

"It's going to be the biggest decision that I'll probably have to make," he said. "Because of the importance of it, I don't want to rush it."

Mr. Peduto used Talent City, a foundation-backed initiative to encourage merit-based hiring, to find four finalists for the position. Mike Huss, the current public safety director, is one of the finalists. Two others are from Western Pennsylvania and one is from Washington, D.C. He declined to name the other candidates.

He said he had interviewed three of the four candidates and wanted to interview the remaining candidate before making a final decision. He did not know when he would interview that candidate.

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

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