Allegheny County Executive-Elect Rich Fitzgerald has released his six-member steering committee for his transition, as well as the creation of 12 vision teams which will be charged with laying out a future vision for the county.
The steering committee and vision teams will provide a fresh perspective on how government operates, and should operate, and will begin a process that will result in recommendations on operations, efficiencies and policy for Allegheny County moving forward.
"With 12 years of experience on Allegheny County Council, I have learned a great deal about the county and its operations," said Mr. Fitzgerald. "I am very comfortable setting priorities and making decisions about directors and administrators. My administration will hit the ground running on January 3. The vision teams are about our future and how we can continue to improve, promote and move Allegheny County forward."
The six-member steering committee includes president and business manager of the Laborers' District Council of Western PA, Philip Ameris; president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Esther L. Bush; business manager/financial secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 5, Michael R. Dunleavy; president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Barbara McNees; chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Mark A. Nordenberg; and president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Audrey Russo.
"I am honored to have these six people on my team and joining me in this effort," said Mr. Fitzgerald. "Each and every one of these members is well respected in our community, represents a sector of our county that plays an important role in our present and future, and can help me review and evaluate the recommendations that we receive at the end of this process. I look forward to working with them and am grateful that they have made this commitment."
A total of 12 vision teams will be formed, with announcements regarding the chairs and membership of each made after the inauguration. Each team will be given a specific charge and asked to focus on the appropriate role for the county in that venue – whether it be administrative, financial or advocacy. Each team will also be asked to specifically address diversity, sustainability and intergovernmental relations as part of their discussions and recommendations.
The general public will also be able to participate in two ways. Each vision team will host a listening session in the first 30 days that will allow the public to recommend ideas, make suggestions or to express concerns that they would like to see addressed through this process. If unable to attend a listening session, the public may also submit information through the Vision Teams' website at www.richfitzgerald.com which will be gathered and shared with the appropriate teams.
The chair, or chairs, of each team will be asked to have preliminary recommendations outlined by April with a final report submitted to the county executive and the steering committee in May for consideration and, if appropriate, action.