Peduto proposes new Pittsburgh office
Pittsburgh city Councilman Bill Peduto is proposing the creation of an Office of Ethics and Accountability, which would provide the money the city's Ethics Board needs to operate.
Peduto said the new office would be created "in name only," but is necessary to avoid the conflicts of interest that might occur if the Ethics Board is required to use the city law office for research and other activities because the law office represents the administration and City Council. The Office of Ethics and Accountability will work closely with the city's Citizen's Review Board, the councilman said.
Peduto is seeking a $10,000 line item in next year's budget to cover operating expenses and to hire independent legal counsel.
He also is using $900 from his staff salaries budget to cover the cost of hiring a researcher at Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs to gather information and produce a report on how ethics investigations are conducted in other cities.