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Ex-Pittsburgh magistrate says he's up for Shuman post

| Friday, April 13, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Former Pittsburgh Chief Magistrate William "Jack" Simmons said Thursday he's being considered for a job heading the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.

Simmons, who recently resigned as a hearing officer for the state Gaming Control Board, said he's on "special assignment" to conduct a review of the center for Allegheny County Manager Jim Flynn.

The center's longtime director, Alex Wilson, submitted his resignation in January and plans to retire at the end of May, said county spokesman Kevin Evanto. County officials are looking at several people to run the center in Lincoln-Lemington, he said.

"We're interviewing a number of candidates, but no decision has been made," Evanto said.

The center houses up to 130 youths sent there by police or the courts.

Simmons headed the city's former Magistrate Court through 2002, then served as the court's chief administrator.

The state Supreme Court in 2004 ordered an overhaul of the court, which handled housing, traffic and preliminary criminal hearings. Magistrates' duties were given to the county's district judges on a rotating basis.

Simmons ran unsuccessfully for Common Pleas judge in 2005.

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