Bios of Mayor Peduto's picks to head four city departments

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James Griffin, 47, Squirrel Hill, nominated to be director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Mr. Griffin is director of facilities for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, an organization that has partnered with the city on numerous projects related to the parks, including restoration of Frick and Schenley parks. In his role, he oversees all of the conservancy's projects. Mr. Griffin, who holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, has worked at IBM, PriceWaterhouseCooper and as the chief technology officer for the Marianas Islands Public Health Department.

Mayor Bill Peduto cited his "detailed knowledge of parks" in nominating him for the role.

Maura Kennedy, 32, nominated to be chief of the Bureau of Building Inspection.

Ms. Kennedy is the executive director of development services in the Department of Licenses and Inspections for the city of Philadelphia, a role she was promoted to in July. Prior to that, she directed that city's Vacant Property Strategy, a program that sought to reduce the number of vacant properties through strengthening private property maintenance standards. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in government and got her start in Philadelphia as Mayor Michael Nutter's deputy press secretary.

Todd Siegel, 52, of Greenfield, nominated to be director of Personnel and Civil Service.

Mr. Siegel was the assistant director of the department he has been nominated to lead and has worked for the city's human resources department since 1989. He holds a master's degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Deborah Walker, 59, of Allentown, nominated to be manager of the Office of Municipal Investigations.

Ms. Walker is a retired police officer at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also served as a student conduct officer. She previously served on the city's Citizen Police Review Board, which she also chaired. She left the board in July 2012. She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and legal studies and a master's in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh. She also is an adjunct professor at Point Park University and Pitt.


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