Mayor William Peduto has appointed Mike Gable as his new Public Works Director.
Mr. Gable was selected from a pool of final applicants forwarded to the administration through Talent City. He will start in the position effective immediately and his selection will be sent to City Council for confirmation.
“Mike Gable is a consummate professional, an experienced worker who came up through the ranks, and he will be an effective and capable leader for our Public Works Department,” said Mayor Peduto. “Our public works employees are hard workers who put in long hours for the residents of this city, and Mr. Gable is exactly the leader that they deserve.”
Mr. Gable is a 40-year public works veteran, having spent the bulk of his career with the City of Pittsburgh and most recently with Allegheny County where he worked as the deputy director of Public Works. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director and assistant director of Public Works for the City of Pittsburgh for a total of 15 years. He started his full-time career with the City of Pittsburgh as a laborer in 1974.
Mayor Peduto said he expects Mr. Gable to focus on improving processes and adoption of technology within Public Works, to ensure a more efficient and consistent delivery of core services to city residents.
“It is a true honor and a welcome challenge to be chosen by Mayor Peduto to assume leadership of the Department of Public Works,” said Mr. Gable. “I know our employees well, I know they work hard, and together we are going to do great things for the residents of this city.”
“I want to thank Director Rob Kaczorowski for his many years of service to the people of this city,” said Mayor Peduto. “Rob has been very helpful during our transition and I want to express my sincere appreciation for his dedication and service.”
The Department of Public Works is the second largest non-public safety city department with a 2014 budget of $35,011,156. The department oversees the construction and maintenance of city-owned buildings and properties, streets, pedestrian walkways, city parks and trails, wayfaring signs, street and traffic lights, snow plowing, and refuse collection, among other responsibilities.