Peduto nominates new directors for four Pittsburgh offices

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto today announced four nominees for city director positions to lead the city’s departments of building inspections, parks and recreation, personnel and municipal investigations.

All of the candidates have to be approved by city council.

James Griffin, 47, is the mayor’s pick to lead Citiparks, a position that will pay $96,410 a year. He comes from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to helping maintain and manage the city’s parks. The city’s parks department has been operating with an acting head since last year, when the director retired.

The mayor nominated Maura Kennedy, 32, to head the Bureau of Building Inspections. She most recently worked for the city of Philadelphia as the executive director of development services in the department of licenses and inspections. The position pays $100,889.

Todd Siegel, 52, is the assistant director of the Department of Personnel and Civil Services Commission, and the mayor has chosen him to lead the department. He will serve as the director of the department in an acting capacity until council approval. The position pays $96,410.

Deborah Walker, 59, will manage the Office of Municipal Investigations, which investigates complaints against city employees. Ms. Walker is a student conduct officer and a former police officer at the University of Pittsburgh and previously served as board chair of the Citizens Police Review Board. The position will pay $74,775.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published February 19, 2014 12:22 PM

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