Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

CONTROLLER CHELSA WAGNER STATEMENT ON CITY OF PITTSBURGH ACTIONS AGAINST PROTESTOR

August 17, 2020
(Pittsburgh) August 17, 2020 “The decision by the City of Pittsburgh and police administration to deploy authoritarian tactics resembling a criminal abduction against a peaceful protest leader on Saturday is as inscrutable as it is distressing. Weeks after national outcry over similar tactics in Portland and New York City, Pittsburgh decides it wants to join […]

WAGNER’S AUDIT SHOWS INHERENT CONFLICT IN JAIL FOOD SERVICE, SALES

July 28, 2020
(Pittsburgh) July 28, 2020   The growing focus on the injustices caused by mass incarceration in the United States has also shed light on the significant profits made by private corporations providing services to prisons.   In a September 2019 letter to major investors in prison service companies, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives […]

WAGNER SAYS CONTINUED HIGH CREDIT RATINGS SHOW ‘STRONG POSITION IN WHICH WE ENTER AN UNCERTAIN PERIOD’

July 17, 2020
(Pittsburgh) July 17, 2020   Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said strong credit ratings issued to the County by Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings show the benefits of the independent fiscal oversight of the Controller’s Office. “The County’s continued strong ratings even amid the economic downturn owe in large part to a robust fund […]

WAGNER’S AUDIT URGES HUMAN SERVICES DEPT. TO REQUIRE GREATER TRANSPARENCY FROM CONTRACTOR

June 23, 2020
“Given that the County has paid Deloitte more than $150 million for DHS projects since 2003, the County’s failure to elicit greater detail on its invoices  creates the potential for significant overpayments.” (Pittsburgh) June 23, 2020   Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said her office’s audit of a software development contract for the County’s Department of […]

WAGNER URGES KANES TO ADHERE TO GUIDELINES ON PREVENTING COVID SPREAD

April 17, 2020
Calls for hazard pay for Glen Hazel personnel and limitations on sharing staff across locations (Pittsburgh) April 17, 2020 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner raised concerns with County administration and Kane Regional Centers officials today that sharing employees between the Kane Glen Hazel facility—where 73 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 to date—and […]

WAGNER CALLS FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY ON JAIL MEASURES TO PUBLIC, OVERSIGHT BOARD IN LIGHT OF MEETING CANCELLATION

April 1, 2020
“…the Oversight Board is being kept on a ‘need to know’ basis by the County administration, receiving more rhetoric and talking points than actual information.” 412-350-4157, Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty.US Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of the County Jail Oversight Board meeting previously scheduled for April 2: While the COVID-19 pandemic […]

WAGNER CALLS ON COUNCIL TO ENSURE COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE PROTECTED

March 25, 2020
“Why is this County having workers report for reporting’s sake–meanwhile putting them, their families and our entire community at major risk?” MEDIA CONTACT:Lou Takacs 412-350-4157, Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty.US (Pittsburgh) March 24, 2020 The following testimony will be presented this evening to Allegheny County Council on behalf of County Controller Chelsa Wagner: I would like to thank Council […]

WAGNER TO PERMIT REMOTE WORK, FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES FOR CONTROLLER’S OFFICE AMID VIRUS CONCERNS

March 13, 2020
“…government should be leading in the effort to promote the best practices necessary to ‘flatten the curve.’” (Pittsburgh)March 13, 2020 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued the following statement regarding operations of her office during the continuing concerns over Coronavirus: I wish to commend and thank the County administration and Health Department staff who have […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER STATEMENT ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF HEALTH DEPT. DIRECTOR

March 4, 2020
(Pittsburgh) March 4, 2020 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued the following statement regarding the announcement of new Department of Health director Dr. Debra Bogen: “While having in place a new Allegheny County Health Department director is certainly desirable given the critical challenges–globally and locally–that we face in the arena of public health, the more […]

WAGNER SAYS HOTEL TAX PROCEEDS, SURPLUS COULD HELP MEET NEEDS IN COMMUNITY

December 18, 2019
(Pittsburgh) December 17, 2019 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said that the County’s 7 percent tax on hotel rooms stays, dedicated to promoting tourism to the County, will close the year with a fund balance of approximately $14 million that could be used to meet community needs. While significant portions of the funds derived from […]