PITTSBURGH, PA (December 19, 2017) Mayor William Peduto today named City Councilman Dan Gilman as his new Chief of Staff, effective on January 3, 2018, the day of Mayor Peduto's inauguration into his second mayoral term.
Gilman was elected to Council in 2013 and previously served as Chief of Staff to then-councilman Peduto in District 8, representing Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. He has long worked with Mayor Peduto on efforts to modernize Pittsburgh government, improve city services, work with business and institutional leaders to develop the city's economy, and bring opportunities to all Pittsburgh families.
Gilman is set to replace outgoing Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, who announced his intention on December 7 to return to the private sector in January 2018.
"Dan is the perfect person to continue my and Kevin's work the last four years to make Pittsburgh a city for all. In fact, he's been integral to that work all along," Mayor Peduto said. "I am grateful to Dan and his family for taking this next step in his public service to the city."
"I have a passion to continue to serve the residents of the City of Pittsburgh," said Councilman Gilman. "I am thankful to Mayor Peduto for this opportunity to serve the whole city and help deliver upon our City for All agenda."
The councilman, age 35, lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Amanda and their almost 2-year-old son. He is a graduate of Shady Side Academy and Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with honors from the latter with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He currently serves on the boards of the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Silk Screen Film Festival. He also serves on the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.
Gilman was selected to join The New DEAL, a national network committed to highlighting pragmatic progressives with innovative ideas at the state and local level. He was also named Vice Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council. He has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.
Further information on the councilman's legislative and policy accomplishments is available here.
Gilman was reelected to a second council term on November 7, several weeks before Acklin announced his resignation. The vacancy in the District 8 seat will trigger a special election to be scheduled by the President of City Council.
"This wasn't an easy decision, especially given the confidence District 8 residents have given me the last two elections. I pledge to take all the lessons they have taught me over the years and apply that experience to making the entire city a better place for all," Gilman said.
His appointment is not subject to City Council approval. The 2018 salary for the position is $111,323.