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Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto won't make Labor Day deadline to hire police chief

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will miss his Labor Day deadline for naming a police chief, but said he hopes to announce a hiring next week.

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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will miss his Labor Day deadline for naming a police chief, but said he hopes to announce a hiring next week.

Peduto said he is interviewing candidates picked from a list of 11 — four Pittsburgh police officers and seven from out of town — that a search committee selected.

He would not name the candidates, nor say how many he has interviewed. He declined to say how many from the pool made his short list.

“My goal has been that we would be able to announce during the week of Labor Day, which is next week. Hopefully we're going to be able to meet that goal,” Peduto said. “Labor Day is the first day of September. I kind of assumed that Labor Day would be a little bit later in the month.”

Sixty-seven people from across the country applied for the job, according to Talent City, a recruitment program that a group of foundations established to help Peduto find top administrators. Twenty-three were from the Pittsburgh region, and 44 from states such as Virginia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, New York and Florida, according to Talent City.

Peduto and staffers, including Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar, met with police officers and residents for input on what they hope to see from a new chief. The mayor said he's using the information to narrow the list and choose a top prospect.

“Every person that we've interviewed at this point comes with their own sort of special strength. That is why they've been one of the finalists,” he said. “There are some really good candidates.”

Peduto said the city told candidates that their names would not be released.

“We gave them the opportunity to apply without any public disclosure,” he said. “Some are still officers within their own bureaus in other cities. Others are within the Pittsburgh Police Bureau, and they were never told that their name would be disclosed.”

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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