Pittsburgh CFO leaves city government for PNC Bank role

Pittsburgh’s chief financial officer and treasurer will leave city government and take on a new role at PNC Bank, Mayor Bill Peduto announced Friday.

Douglas Anderson began working for the city in January 2008 as Assistant Comptroller and Chief of Staff to City Comptroller Michael Lamb. Peduto named him finance director and city treasurer in September 2020.

With Anderson at the helm, the Pittsburgh Department of Finance has tackled new financial challenges presented by the covid-19 pandemic, while also working to modernize outdated systems and processes in the department, Peduto’s office said.

Anderson has streamlined and improved the process of buying municipal property, reducing the time it takes to finalize those purchases.

Peduto’s office said Anderson also created a framework to improve land care and maintenance on city-owned properties and more effectively remediate degraded properties.

It transformed seven disparate tax collection systems into one online system, city officials say, improving tax collection efficiency for employees, while providing a taxpayer-friendly portal that includes online check payments, Peduto’s office said.

“Doug took on the role of CFO during one of the most uncertain times in recent financial memory and brought a sense of modern leadership to the department,” Peduto said.

Peduto thanked Anderson for “recognizing that we don’t have to keep doing things the way they always have been, but that we can create new opportunities for efficiency and transparency.”

While working in the city comptroller’s office, Anderson oversaw several government transparency initiatives, including the creation of Open Book Pittsburgh, a website and searchable database of city contracts, funding contributions to the campaign of candidates running for office in Pittsburgh and lobbyists who do business in the city. .

He also assisted in the annual preparation of the popular annual financial report.

Anderson’s last day with the city was Friday. He will transition to a new role at PNC Bank as relationship manager and vice president.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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