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The new top cop in town

| Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's incoming Chief Cameron McLay speaks during a news conference in the mayor's conference room at the City County Building, Downtown on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Justin Merriman | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's incoming Chief Cameron McLay speaks during a news conference in the mayor's conference room at the City County Building, Downtown on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Who: Cameron McLay

Age: 56

Residence: Plans to reside in Squirrel Hill.

Position: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police chief

Salary: $109,060.

Influential because: McLay last week began his new duties as chief, overseeing nearly 900 sworn personnel and recruits. The bureau had been without a permanent chief since February 2013, when Nate Harper resigned and pleaded guilty to stealing city funds. He is now serving a federal prison sentence.

Influential consultant: Before being appointed chief by Mayor Bill Peduto, McLay spent two years as a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he provided leadership development training to police and other public service organizations throughout North America.

Influential in collegiate law enforcement: McLay began his career as a police officer for the Indiana University Police Department in 1979.

Influential metropolitan police force experience: McLay was hired as a patrol officer with the Madison (Wis.) Police Department in 1984. In 1989, he became a full-time training officer for the Madison department. He was a department sergeant from 1995 to 2002, a police lieutenant from 2002 to 2005 and a captain of police from 2005 to 2014.

Influential in training initiatives: In 2010, McLay helped establish the Madison Police Department's leadership development program.

Influential education: McLay has a bachelor's degree in forensic studies from Indiana University in Bloomington and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University Global Campus.

Influential family: McLay is married and has three adult children.

Influential supporter: Peduto, who upon announcing McLay's hiring, called him “a person of integrity who believes in collaborating with city residents to reduce crime, and in building trust and sound judgment among his fellow officers.”

Influential goal: “I will take the best care of the community by taking good care of my organization, and that means holding my supervisors and commanders accountable for that important work.” — McLay at his recent introductory news conference.

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