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RICH FITZGERALD, Allegheny County executive. (Photo by Gail Manker)

RICH FITZGERALD, Allegheny County executive. (Photo by Gail Manker)

As part of his efforts to maintain a connection with the New Pittsburgh Courier’s readership, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald met recently with the Courier editorial board, and praised his staff for moving county government forward in terms of fiscal responsibility, increasing racial diversity and creating more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

But he was particularly proud of the structural changes he has instituted at the Allegheny County Police Department, because they allowed him to hire recently retired Pittsburgh Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant to fill one of the newly created deputy superintendent positions.

“Maurita’s skills are well known. She managed every division in the Pittsburgh police, and we’re very Lucky to have her,” he said. “We’re hoping she’ll help us create opportunities to do innovative work.”

County manager William McKain said the old hierarchy within the department—multiple commanders reporting to the superintendent—was outmoded. Now, operations and investigations responsibilities will be divided between Bryant and fellow Deputy Superintendent James Morton, with four inspectors—supervising the police academy; the airports; parks, building guards, headquarters; the county jail and internal investigations—reporting to them.

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