The right solicitor

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It was a great relief to learn that Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge was confirmed as city solicitor (“City Solicitor OK’d After Residency Question,” Feb. 5). Ms. Sanchez-Ridge is pre-eminently qualified to serve as the chief legal officer of the city, having previously served as a federal prosecutor. The issues surrounding her city residency requirements, overshadowing her qualifications, were inappropriate. Ms. Sanchez-Ridge’s legal responsibility is being a fine parent by trying to allow her daughter to complete her senior year at Upper St. Clair High School. No parent wants to uproot her teenaged child at this precious stage of the child’s life unless it is absolutely unavoidable.

Ms. Sanchez-Ridge’s owning both a condo in Shadyside and a home in Upper St. Clair clearly showed from the outset that she met the city residency requirements. Councilman Ricky Burgess and his allies were wrong to reject the opinion of Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, along with those of the two prior solicitors. The notion of seeking an expensive opinion from outside counsel would have amounted to an imprudent waste of taxpayer dollars. Thankfully, an opinion from the city legal department has now satisifed council, and the city will move forward with an outstanding solicitor serving the taxpayers.

Congratulations to Mayor Peduto and Mr. Acklin for seeing this through to the proper conclusion. This is yet another sign of great things to come for the city from this administration. And congratulations to Ms. Sanchez-Ridge for staying the course.


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