Peduto dismisses three city public works managers
By Bob Bauder
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 4:24 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto fired three Department of Public Works managers on Tuesday, the first casualties of changes he is making as part of his new administration.
Assistant directors Robert Palmosina, Dennis James and Kevin Quigley were let go, said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, who chairs the Public Works Committee.
Kail-Smith said Peduto's Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin told the three directors about Peduto's decision. All three have decades of service to the city, she said.
Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said he was told of the firings during a separate meeting with Peduto and Operations Chief Guy Costa, a former city public works director.
“It's a reorganization,” Kaczorowski said, referring questions to the mayor's office.
Kaczorowski described his three former assistants as “hard-working, dedicated employees.”
Quigley said he was grateful to Kaczorowski and proud that his “Redd Up” and “Green Up” crews were able to remove trash from vacant lots and secure vacant buildings.
“It was a pleasure to work for the residents of the city for the past 24 years,” Quigley said.
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