Pittsburgh mayor's press secretary Joanna Doven resigns
By Bob Bauder
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's press secretary on Wednesday became the first senior staff member to leave the lame-duck administration.
Joanna Doven, who has worked in the mayor's office since August 2006, cited family commitments in announcing her resignation on Wednesday. Ravenstahl did not respond to a request for comment.
Doven, 28, of Lincoln Place, who is married to Public Safety Director Michael Huss, has been on maternity leave since February and gave birth to a son in March. The couple also has a daughter.
“I certainly appreciate the opportunity that I've been given to serve the mayor and this city,” Doven said. “However, I have family commitments that are now a priority. Press secretaries usually last two years. I've accomplished everything that I can accomplish in that position.”
She declined to comment on a widening police department scandal and FBI investigation that resulted in the forced resignation and indictment of former police Chief Nate Harper. Recent investigations cast a cloud over the mayor's office.
Last week, Ravenstahl's two bodyguards and personal secretary appeared before a federal grand jury. Federal investigators are probing remodeling at Ravenstahl's Fineview house by a New Homestead contractor who has received about $2.3 million in city work since 2010.
Doven started in the mayor's office as assistant director of grants and development under late Mayor Bob O'Connor. She has been press secretary since 2007.
Marissa Doyle, who has been filling in for Doven, will replace her, according to Ravenstahl's chief of staff, Yarone Zober.
Doyle said in an email that she wishes Doven well and looks forward to assuming the new duties.
“Joanna Doven did a great job for not one, but two mayors,” Zober said. “We wish her all the best.”
Dave Kosick, public relations director for KMA Public Relations in Carnegie, said the move shouldn't be surprising, given that Doven would have been out of a job at year's end.
Ravenstahl announced March 1 that he would not seek re-election. His term ends in December.
“I would suspect that there are a lot of folks in his office who are looking around for what they're going to do in the future,” Kosick said. “I've worked with her on a number of projects, and she's always been very cooperative and very helpful.”
Doven, whose salary was $71,920, said she has several opportunities for jobs in the private sector, but she has not settled on anything. Her resignation is effective Thursday. She said she does not qualify for severance or retirement.
She said her proudest accomplishments include beginning city social-media sites, which have about 15,000 followers, and serving as lead public information officer during the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.
“It's going to be very hard to find a job that's as exciting as the one I'm leaving,” Doven said. “It's probably going to take a little bit of time to figure out what I'll do next. In the meantime, I have two beautiful young kids to take care of, and I will certainly be busy with that.”
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- $2,000 gifts benefit homeless vets
- Area towns mark holiday events
- Area school boards reorganize
- Segina, Malinchak recognized for service
- Ex-Penguins winger Kennedy ‘emotional’ about return
- Kovacevic: Got proof on Tomlin? Let’s hear it
- Allegheny Township man accused of gashing girlfriend’s face with scissors
- Propel student joins CLO cast
- Southmoreland boys basketball team looks for progress
- Ex-Steeler WR Wallace: It was a ‘challenge’ for Haley to use me
- Rockwell smashes record for American art auctions