Newsmaker: James A. Takacs
Noteworthy: Pittsburgh City Council declared Oct. 1 as James A. Takacs Day in recognition of his work as a telecommunications inspector for the city. He retired Sept. 30.
Family: Wife, Alice
Education: Graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill and the Community College of Allegheny County.
Background: Takacs started working for the city in 2001, first in its Cable Bureau and later in the Department of Public Works' 4th Division, including South Hills neighborhoods. Along with serving as a telecommunications inspector, he handled street inspections, rights-of-way issues and service-center complaints. He previously worked 32 years for Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania. He served 12 years in the Army, including four years of active duty and eight in the reserves. The former Army Ranger rose to the rank of major and received a Purple Heart after suffering injuries when he stepped on a land mine in 1970 in Vietnam.
Quote: “I just tried to be honest and upfront with people and make sure they followed the basic guidelines of the city. If I received a complaint, I always treated people fairly and did what I thought was right.”
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