(Pittsburgh) Jan. 4, 2016Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner was sworn in for her
second term by Judge Thomas E. Flaherty in her Courthouse office this afternoon.
“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen by the citizens of Allegheny County to continue
my service as their Controller. Checks and balances and critical analysis of financial decisions are
essential in government, and I am eager to build upon and strengthen the work we have done
over the past four years,” Wagner said.
“My first term ended on an auspicious note, with the Court decision affirming my office’s ability to
conduct performance audits of County departments. We are preparing to embark on our first audits
in connection with this decision, including that of the County Police, which the administration
sued to stop. I am certain that this audit and others will provide the citizens greater clarity
on and confidence in the use of their tax dollars, and add to the considerable savings
and efficiencies that my office has already been able to bring to light.
“I greatly look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in County government,
our dedicated state and local elected officials, and our Controller’s Office staff,
whose work not only supports but inspires me each day. I also remain dedicated to
hearing and responding to the concerns of the average citizen of Allegheny County,
and urge those with concerns about waste, fraud or abuse in County government
to contact my Taxpayer Hotline at 412-350-4300.”
Controller Wagner is a graduate of Seton-La Salle High School, the University of Chicago, and
the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She worked as a business analyst and an attorney in
private practice, and was elected to three terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
before serving in her current office. She resides with her husband and two sons
in the North Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
In 2012, Wagner became the first woman to hold the office of Allegheny County Controller,
and is currently the only woman holding countywide, non-judicial elected office in Allegheny County.
Lou Takacs, Communications Specialist