Key Ravenstahl aide may leave post early

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A member of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's inner circle is interviewing for a job in Ireland, signaling he may leave the city before the mayor's term is up at the end of this year.

Government affairs manager Paul McKrell, 37, said a friend living in Ireland made him aware of the opportunity about a month and a half ago. He declined to say who he had applied for a job with, but said he had already been interviewed four times via Skype. He said he's visited Ireland twice and has several friends there.

"I thought it was a heck of an opportunity and it's something I've always wanted to do before I settle down and get married," he said Friday.

Mr. McKrell, who joined the administration in 2009 after working for the mayor's re-election campaign, said he's gotten job offers and inquiries from businesses and party leaders since Mr. Ravenstahl announced he was dropping his bid for re-election March 1.

If he's chosen for the position, he'll leave Pittsburgh in October, two or three months short of the end of the mayor's term.

The news of Mr. McKrell's possible departure comes two days after spokeswoman Joanna Doven announced her resignation, saying she wanted to spend more time with her two children. She's been on maternity leave since the end of February.

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