Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor Peduto Begins Search for New Police Chief
Local youth are the first contributors to the public process for hiring a new Chief

Pittsburgh, PA - Mayor William Peduto announced today that the nationwide search for new Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police has officially begun. The Chief of Police will report directly to newly appointed Public Safety Director, Stephen A. Bucar, in the Department of Public Safety.

The job posting and application process will be facilitated through Talent City, an initiative of the Pittsburgh Foundation designed to bring objectivity, transparency and rigorous hiring practices to identify the best available candidates for senior leadership positions.

“It is paramount that we work diligently and put in the necessary time and energy to find the right person for this position. In order to do this right, we need to receive input and insight from residents of Pittsburgh to aide in the decision making process.”

The first community voices were heard at the Mayor’s Office this morning during a round table discussion with local youth representing the Hear Me project. In conjunction with Pittsburgh based Allies for Children, Hear Me developed a youth-police relations campaign designed to create an open dialogue between the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and young people in the city. Hear Me’s mission is to amplify kids’ voices using media and technology to create a world where they are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to inspire social change.

The Mayor will host a series of community conversations over the summer in partnership with Public Safety Councils from each Police Zone.  The forum will provide an opportunity for citizens to have a voice in the hiring process.  

Full coverage of the current Hear Me campaign can be found here:



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