About Controller Chelsa Wagner

Controller Chelsa Wagner

Chelsa Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller in 2012, the first woman to hold that office. She oversees annual expenditures of over $1 billion and is committed to transparency, efficiency, accountability and innovation in County government. Controller Wagner is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before seeking public office, she worked as a private sector business analyst and an attorney in private practice. She was elected to her first of three terms in the Pa. House of Representatives in 2006.

As Representative, Wagner focused on saving neighborhood libraries and bringing other types of community and economic development opportunities to her district through innovation and collaboration. Her leadership helped resurrect the Pittsburgh Marathon from a 5-year hiatus to become a world-class event that also promotes health in local schools and communities.

As Controller, Wagner made her office the first known public office in Pennsylvania to provide paid family leave, an example which was followed by the County administration and the City of Pittsburgh, and instituted a $15 per hour minimum wage for her employees. Under her leadership, the Controller’s Office has provided close scrutiny of County spending and contracts, resulting in considerable savings to taxpayers, has modernized its auditing function to meet the highest professional standards, and implemented technological improvements that promote efficiency and transparency.

She went to court to affirm her office’s ability to conduct performance audits of County departments and functions, ensuring they operate efficiently and effectively for the taxpayers.She has led efforts to bring transparency and accountability to municipal authorities, tax-exempt “purely public charities,” jail healthcare, and water quality, among other efforts. She and her husband reside with their two sons in the North Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh.