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Councilman Dan Gilman Chosen As Mayor's New Chief Of Staff

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Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman at his inauguration in January 2014.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman will take over as Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff in January.

Gilman’s new position will take effect Jan. 3, 2018, which is the same day as Peduto’s inauguration into his second term, according to a press release. Gilman will make an annual salary of $111,323.

He’ll replace Kevin Acklin, who announced last week he would resign from his post in January. Acklin said he plans to return to the private sector.

Gilman represents District 8 and served as chief of staff to Peduto for nine years when he was a council member representing the same district. District 8 includes Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill

"This wasn't an easy decision, especially given the confidence District 8 residents have given me the last two elections,” Gilman said in the press release. “I pledge to take all the lessons they have taught me over the years and apply that experience to making the entire city a better place for all.”

While on council, Gilman was a strong supporter of the city’s food truck industry and protecting the city's immigrant population. He also recently said he planned to work on expanding the city’s recycling program

Sarah Kovash previously worked as a web producer for KDKA-TV, as a freelance journalist for the Valley News Dispatch covering local government throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley and at NPR station KPBS in San Diego.
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