The Government of Pittsburgh comprises the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Council, and various boards and commissions. Most of these offices are housed within the Pittsburgh City-County Building. The Government of Pittsburgh receives its authority from the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania pursuant to Part III of Title 53 of the Pennsylvania Statutes, relating to Cities of the Second Class.
Mayor of Pittsburgh
The Mayor of Pittsburgh is elected every 4 years. The current mayor is Luke Ravenstahl. Since the 1970s the Mayor's Chief of Staff has assumed a large role in advising, long term planning and as a "gatekeeper" to the mayor.
Pittsburgh City Council
The mayor appoints (with City Council approval) the position of Pittsburgh Police Chief. The city and its immediate suburbs are served by the four-year elected Allegheny County District Attorney to prosecute criminal offenses and the congressionally appointed U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania for federal offenses. The city and its residents are also served by the elected four-year term Allegheny County Sheriff and the County council-appointed Allegheny County Police Department Chief.
Boards, Authorities, and Commissions
Many governmental functions are carried out by boards, authorities and commissions. These organizations include:
- Allegheny County Sanitary Authority
- Allegheny Regional Asset District Board
- Pittsburgh Parking Authority
- Sports and Exhibition Authority
- Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Stadium Authority.
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