PITTSBURGH, PA (November 20, 2019) After six years working successfully to modernize the City of Pittsburgh’s building inspection systems, Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspection Director Maura Kennedy is leaving the City for a position in Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced to employees last month that she was leaving Friday, November 22, to become an Economic Development Manager with Amazon’s Public Policy team.
“Maura took on one of the hardest jobs in City government and out-performed all our expectations. On behalf of the residents and businesses of Pittsburgh I want to thank her for her service,” Mayor William Peduto said.
When Kennedy joined the Peduto administration in 2014 the then-Bureau of Building Inspection kept all of its records on paper and inspectors had neither laptops nor cell phones. Kennedy led the modernization of the renamed Department, even as permitting requests grew exponentially with the City’s recent building boom. Upgrades continued into this year with the introduction of One Stop PGH, which offers online permitting and licensing for the first time.
In her role as Director, Kennedy’s contributions also included:
“I have tremendously enjoyed my time here and am so proud of the work that we accomplished together. This is a strong team and you are all thoughtful, compassionate, and technically excellent leaders. I have no doubt that PLI will continue to provide good service to the citizens and businesses of Pittsburgh going forward,” she said.
As of Saturday Assistant PLI Director Sarah Kinter will be named acting director of the department.
Before joining the Peduto Administration Kennedy held similar positions with the City of Philadelphia and served as Deputy Press Secretary for Mayor Michael A. Nutter. She is a nationally recognized leader in building code administration and code enforcement.
Kennedy is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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