Pittsburgh’s City Council voiced robust support for acting Police Chief Scott Schubert, who appears poised to assume the job permanently next week, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Your history speaks for you. Your integrity clearly speaks for you,” Bruce Kraus, the council president, told Schubert in a confirmation hearing. Schubert, 50, took the acting role in November at Mayor Bill Peduto’s request. Cameron McLay resigned after two years on the job.
“I just think there’s a lot more we can do to help better the department, with better training and equipment, ensuring that we have a diverse department that reflects our city,” Schubert told the council. He addressed subjects ranging from the opioid epidemic and departmental policy to public transparency. Schubert said his immediate goals include bolstering officer morale and reducing violence. Schubert most recently served as an assistant chief overseeing police operations.