Pittsburgh's city clerk, Linda Johnson-Wasler, to retire

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Pittsburgh City Council today honored City Clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler, who has calmly presided over the sometimes-acrimonious body's meetings for 20 years and will retire this week.

"I've enjoyed myself. It's been grand," she said. "I've never had a bad day."

Today is her last city council meeting; tomorrow will mark her last standing committee meeting. At the start of the meeting today, Councilwoman Darlene Harris gave her a proclamation while her staff and city council members gave tearful goodbyes. 

As the city clerk, Ms. Johnson-Wasler has been a critical fixture in city council, running meetings and answering questions about procedures. Her staff and council members spoke admiringly of her calmness and level-headed demeanor, which allowed the office to run smoothly.

She officially retires March 14. Mary Doheny, the deputy city clerk, will replace her.


Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.

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