Pittsburgh Veteran Takes Police Chief Job as Outsider Quits

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To follow their first outside police chief in more than a century, Pittsburgh officials have chosen Scott Schubert, a long-time city officer who rose through the ranks while moving throughout the department, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Schubert, 50, was serving as assistant chief of operations when Mayor Bill Peduto asked him to take over from Chief Cameron McLay. McLay, 59, resigned last Friday, saying, “I think I have done the job that I came to do. I think I have taken it as far as I can.” He cited improvements in police accountability, data-driven policing, and relationships with the community.

Peduto said Schubert will serve as acting chief for 90 days and could take over the role permanently if things go smoothly. Privately, some officers and observers questioned whether an insider would drive real change in the bureau or would represent a throwback to an old style of Pittsburgh policing. Schubert joined the bureau in 1993 and served as a patrolman before becoming a detective in the Mobile Crime Unit, which collects evidence from crime scenes.

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