McKeesport: Council hires new city administrator

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McKeesport has a new city administrator.

At its reorganization meeting Monday, council chose Matt Gergely to replace city administrator Dennis Pittman, who had held the top city management position for eight years.

Council also replaced solicitor Bruce Dice with former solicitor Jason Elash.

It elected Darryl Segina as the new council president and swore in new council members Keith Soles and Dan Carr.

Mr. Gergely, 32, grew up in White Oak and recently moved to McKeesport. He was a supervisor with the State Workers' Insurance Fund. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His salary will be $66,500.

McKeesport's city administrator is similar to a municipal manager. The administrator also leads the city's finance department.

Mr. Pittman, 63, was community development director in McKeesport from 1989 to 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he was executive director of McKeesport Housing Corp. In 2004, former Mayor Jim Brewster hired him as city administrator, and when Councilman Regis McLaughlin became mayor, he kept Mr. Pittman in the job.

Mr. Pittman has been known to be an independent thinker who would disagree with his employers when he believed the issue called for his impartiality.

Councilman A.J. Tedesco said Mr. Pittman was an asset to the city for many years.

"His knowledge will be missed, but I wish Matt Gergely all the best," he said.

Mr. Segina was elected president in a 5-2 vote, with council members A.J. Tedesco and Fawn Walker-Montgomery opposed.

Mr. Segina said he is looking forward to a cooperative effort between the administration of Mayor Mike Cherepko and council.

"I have a passion for McKeesport and I want to see progress," he said.

Councilman Dale McCall was elected council vice president by a 6-1 vote, with Ms. Walker-Montgomery dissenting.

Longtime city clerk Patty Williams was approved for another year in her position.

Ms. Walker-Montgomery said she would have preferred Mr. Tedesco as president, but added:

"The positive part of this is that Darryl can bring things from his knowledge in working with the city to the table because he's been around for so many years. He has good ideas on how to run council meetings."

She said more communication among council members and more transparency regarding city records are needed.

Jonathan Barnes, freelance writer: .


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