PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With Chief Nate Harper being asked to resign by the mayor on Wednesday, the focus now shifts to finding a permanent replacement.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl appointed Assistant Chief Regina McDonald as acting chief for now.
When asked why Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson did not get moved to the top post, the mayor said Donaldson was on vacation.
Today, the mayor told KDKA-TV’s Andy Sheehan that he expects to look outside the department for a new chief.
“That remains to be seen. I have already reached outside the department to attempt to find a replacement. That doesn’t necessarily mean that that will be the case, but I think given the situation, if we are able to find somebody from the outside to come in and really put a new vision and stamp on the bureau I think that would be important. And that would be my preference quite honestly given everything that’s happened to restore the confidence in the bureau,” Ravenstahl said.
There is no word on potential candidates at this time.
This is only one of the numerous issues the city of Pittsburgh is dealing with. Former Auditor General, Jack Wagner, joined News Radio 1020 KDKA’s Mike Pintek to comment on his remarks towards the city issues.
Listen to the interview here: