Effective Jan. 3, City Councilman Dan Gilman (D-District 8) will become Mayor William Peduto’s chief of staff. The move reunites the two politicians, as Gilman previously served as Peduto’s chief of staff while the latter was the eighth district’s councilman.
Gilman, a Shady Side Academy and Carnegie Mellon University graduate, will replace outgoing Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, who on Dec. 7 announced that he would return to the private sector.
“Dan is the perfect person to continue my and Kevin’s work the last four years to make Pittsburgh a city for all. In fact, he’s been integral to that work all along,” Peduto said in a statement. “I am grateful to Dan and his family for taking this next step in his public service to the city.”
Given Gilman’s appointment, a special election for the council seat will be convened by the president of City Council. The eighth district encompasses Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. PJC