Pittsburgh's outgoing public safety director Huss a finalist in Boston

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Michael Huss, who until recently was Pittsburgh’s public safety director, is in the running to become Boston’s fire commissioner.

Mr. Huss, 46, is among three finalists whom a national search committee recommended to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh as a candidate to lead a fire bureau with about 1,400 employees.

Mr. Huss continues to work for Pittsburgh while acting public safety director Stephen A. Bucar, who arrived earlier this week, awaits city council approval.

A date for Mr. Bucar’s hearing before council has not yet been set.

“I’m still employed here, and I’m still committed to the city of Pittsburgh and their residents,” Mr. Huss said. “I think it is prudent that I explore different opportunities.”

Mayor Bill Peduto has left open the possibility that Mr. Huss could continue to work with the city in a capacity other than that of public safety director.

Neither the mayor’s administration nor Mr. Huss have elaborated on what that would entail.

Exactly what role Mr. Huss played while federal investigators looked into the police bureau and city affairs last year remains unclear.

Boston officials released resumes Friday for the three finalists as well as a copy of the search firm’s letter recommending candidates.

On his resume, Mr. Huss noted his previous experience as fire chief in Johnstown and Pittsburgh then as Pittsburgh public safety director. Among his certifications, he listed “Secret Security Clearance issued by Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2013.”

Other finalists for the Boston fire commissioner position are Boston deputy fire Chief Joseph E. Finn and former Buffalo, N.Y., fire Commissioner Michael S. Lombardo.


First Published June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

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