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Pittsburgh losing 2 top financial administrators

September 8, 2018
Pittsburgh losing 2 top financial administrators

Pittsburgh budget director Sam Ashbaugh (left) points past City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto as he references a graph while presenting aspects of the 2015 budget and five-year plan for the city during a press conference at the City County Building in Downtown on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

Two of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s key financial administrators are resigning to take new jobs, the Mayor’s Office announced Tuesday.

Sam Ashbaugh, Pittsburgh’s chief financial officer, and Jennifer Presutti, who heads the Office of Management and Budget, have submitted letters of resignation and will leave city government Sept. 14.

Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty said the resignations won’t hinder preparation of the city’s 2019 budget. Ashbaugh and Presutti have been meeting with Peduto and department directors for weeks to hash out budget details. McNulty said they would remain on the job until the administration submits its draft budget to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

Peduto lost another key administrator earlier this month with the resignation of Lee Haller, who headed the Department of Innovation and Performance. Haller left to take a job with a private company.

“The problem with hiring good people is others are going to try to hire them too,” Peduto said in a statement. “This is the kind of turnover that happens naturally in a second term, especially with public servants of this magnitude.”

Peduto appointed Ashbaugh in May 2014 as director of the Office of Management and Budget and promoted him to CFO in 2017. His salary in 2018 is $106,686, according to the city budget.

Ashbaugh started his career in 1997 as a budget analyst for the city. Ashbaugh is leaving to take a job as executive finance director for Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Presutti has served in the city finance department since 2010 as a budget analyst, senior budget analyst, capital budget manager and assistant director. Peduto promoted her to OMB director in 2017. Her salary this year is $106,015. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has hired her as its budget director.

Peduto credited Ashbaugh and Presutti with instituting fiscal changes that helped lead Pittsburgh this year out of state financial oversight.

“I was honored when Mayor Peduto had the confidence in my abilities to name me as Director of OMB in 2014 and have my career come full circle,” Ashbaugh said.

Presutti said she is proud to serve the city of Pittsburgh and Peduto’s administration.

Peduto will announce replacements in coming weeks.

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