PRESS RELEASES

Finance Director to Leave Role with City Government

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 19, 2021) The Office of Mayor William Peduto has announced that Department of Finance Director and City Treasurer Douglas Anderson is leaving his role with the City. 

Anderson started working for the City in January 2008, as the Deputy Controller and Chief of Staff to City Controller Michael Lamb. Mayor Peduto appointed him Director of Finance and City Treasurer in September 2020. 

Under Anderson’s leadership, the City’s Department of Finance navigated new financial challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic while also undertaking modernization improvements to update outdated systems and processes in the department to benefit its hardworking employees and the public. Among his many accomplishments throughout his career with the City, Anderson led efforts to: 

  • Streamline and improve the process for the purchase of City property to reduce the amount of time it takes to finalize purchases 
  • Create a framework to improve land care and maintenance of City-owned properties to invest in local land care businesses and remediate blighted properties more efficiently 
  • Transition seven disparate tax collection systems into one online system to improve efficiency of tax collection for employees as well as provide a user-friendly portal for taxpayers that includes online check payments 

“Doug took on the role of Finance Director in one of the most uncertain times in recent financial memory and brought a sense of modern leadership to the department,” said Mayor William Peduto. “I thank him for responding to the needs of the community and the needs of his staff by recognizing that we don't have to continue to do things the way they’ve always been done but can create new opportunities for efficiency and transparency.” 

During his time in the City Controller’s office, Anderson oversaw the implementation of several government transparency initiatives, including the creation of Open Book Pittsburgh, a website and searchable database of City of Pittsburgh contracts, campaign finance contributions to candidates running for office in the City of Pittsburgh and lobbyists that do business with the City. He also oversaw the annual preparation of the Popular Annual Financial Report and managed many other roles, including assigning audit work to performance and fiscal audit staff and approving all Controller’s office expenditures. 

Anderson’s last day with the City of Pittsburgh is today. He will be joining PNC Bank as Relationship Manager and Vice President. 

Published

11.19.2021

Contacts

Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office
412-579-8534
molly.onufer@pittsburghpa.gov
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