Mayor Bill Peduto still searching for public safety chief

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Mayor Bill Peduto is scrutinizing a slate of a half-dozen candidates for the city’s top public safety job.

The mayor, who has called hiring a public safety chief a top priority, is using Talent City to assist in the search for candidates. The chief would oversee the city’s fire, police, emergency medical services bureaus as well as building inspection and animal control.

Talent City is a foundation-backed initiative that uses human resource professionals and outside panels to narrow down pools of candidates for top city jobs, but the mayor is given the final say. John Ellis of the Pittsburgh Foundation said Talent City forwarded the top three candidates from a search conducted earlier this year and an additional eight culled from a second pool of applicants. The mayor narrowed the eight down to three, leaving six in total — three from the first round and three from the second round.

The mayor restarted the search when his top candidate from the first round declined the position. That person was the second to turn down an offer. In all, 160 people have applied for the job.

Mike Huss, the current public safety director, remains a candidate for the job.

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