Pittsburgh's Chief of Administration and Human Resources takes new role at PWSA
February 13, 2018
Debbie Lestitian, Pittsburgh’s Chief of Administration and Director of its Human Resources Department, is leaving city government for a new role overseeing the restructuring of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority.
Ms. Lestitian has been part of the Peduto Administration since 2014 and first worked with Mayor Peduto when they were members of the city Stadium Authority, where she impressed him with her integrity and commitment to public service.
“Anytime I’ve needed help, whether it be with finances, pension funds or personnel, Deb has always been there for me and the residents of the city of Pittsburgh,” Mayor Peduto said. “She’s going to continue with that assistance, this time in implementing the wholesale changes needed at the fragile but improving water and sewer authority.”
Ms. Lestitian’s new position at PWSA will be Chief Corporate Counsel/Chief of Administration. Her resignation from the city was effective February 11.
“Your confidence in me has been humbling and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served as your designee in labor matters and to have chaired the Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund Board and the Board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority,” she wrote Mayor Peduto in her resignation letter.
“My reputation within your administration has been that of a ‘fixer’ and I believe that the greatest need for my abilities and experience now rests with the PWSA.”
Ms. Lestitian will focus on the ongoing overhaul of the agency and recommendations forwarded by the mayor›s Blue Ribbon Panel on the authority. Acting PWSA Director Robert Weimar will continue overseeing operations and engineering. Ms. Lestitian will resign from the PWSA board once she begins her new position.
Janet Manuel, currently deputy director of Human Resources and Civil Service, will be named acting director of the city department.