Prospective public safety director on the job this morning

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Mayor Bill Peduto’s pick to head the public safety department started work Monday in an acting capacity, beginning his tenure overseeing some of Pittsburgh’s most troubled bureaus.

Mr. Peduto announced last month that he had selected Stephen A. Bucar, 54, to head the city’s bureaus of police, fire, EMS, building inspection and animal control.

His appointment is subject to city council approval .

Mr. Bucar is a Washington County native who worked for more than 20 years at the FBI.

He and Mr. Peduto met Monday in the mayor’s office about noon.

Other than the meeting, administration officials refused to say what else Mr. Bucar did on his first day on the job — including with whom he met and when council would have the opportunity to vote on his confirmation.

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said those questions would be answered in a news conference at 10 a.m. today in the City-County Building.

Immediately before his meeting with the mayor, the nominee said little except that he was excited to return to the Pittsburgh region.

"It’s great," he said. "I’m happy to be back in the region."

Prior to his nomination, Mr. Bucar served as a supervisory special agent section chief in the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

Before he joined the FBI, Mr. Bucar worked as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

If approved by council, he will receive a salary of $125,000 and will replace Michael Huss, who has served as public safety director since 2007.


Moriah Balingit contributed to this report. First Published June 9, 2014 11:03 AM

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