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Pittsburgh head of innovation leaving for East Liberty software startup

August 8, 2018

Lee Haller, Pittsburgh’s director of Innovation and Performance, is leaving for a new job at an East Liberty software firm.

Pittsburgh announced two changes in top personnel this week, including the departure of its director of Innovation and Performance.

Lee Haller, who has headed the I&P department since 2017 and served as deputy director of public works for three years before that, left the city for a job at Jetpack Workflow, a new East Liberty software firm.

Mayor Bill Peduto also announced that he’s appointed Ross Chapman to fill the vacant position of director of Parks and Recreation. Chapman, who was unavailable Thursday, has served as acting director for several months. His appointment is subject to City Council approval. Chapman’s yearly salary is $106,015, according to the city budget.

Haller described his roles with the city as “the highlight of my career so far.”

“In the current political climate, government is sometimes viewed as the problem, but in my experience here, I was pleasantly surprised by the hard work that the men and women do each day on behalf of taxpayers,” Haller said.

Haller, 45, of Bloomfield helped develop online services including permitting for city park shelters and tracking of city snowplows in the winter, according to the Mayor’s Office. He also helped develop the I&P Department’s first strategic plan and oversaw development of new digital tools.

Chief Financial Officer Sam Ashbaugh will oversee the I&P Department until the city fills the vacancy. The job pays $106,686, according to the city budget.

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