Mayor names Leger as Pittsburgh finance director

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A longtime public servant who already has served under one mayor is Mayor Bill Peduto’s pick for Pittsburgh city finance director.

Paul Leger, 69, has 40 years of public service and served as finance director in the administration of the late Mayor Bob O’Connor.

Mr. Leger, whose salary will be $100,889, has experience in municipal, county and nonprofit executive management, public finance and budgeting, workforce development, and leadership development and training, according to the mayor’s office.

“I am thrilled Paul is bringing his unrivaled talents back to Pittsburgh,” Mr. Peduto said in a statement today. “He is perfectly positioned to assist my efforts to restructure the department of finance, and to help implement the City’s new approach to an Act 47 plan that will guide us into financial health for decades.”

Mr. Leger also has had leadership positions with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and the Pennsylvania Economy League. He also has served as deputy manager and director of property assessment for Allegheny County, borough manager for Braddock and Rankin, assistant director of Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation, and operating budget manager, Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget, among other positions.

O’Connor fired Mr. Leger and two other top aides in 2006, the result of a power struggle between the three deposed city officials and factions within the O'Connor administration

Mr. Leger lives in the Mexican War Streets. His nomination is subject to City Council confirmation.

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