Mary Louise Bittner will serve as Duquesne's acting business manager.
At Wednesday's city council meeting, outgoing Mayor Phil Krivacek said Bittner will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Frank Piccolino last month.
Bittner will serve until the next administration selects someone permanent for the position, Krivacek said. Newly elected mayor Nickole Nesby takes office after the first of the year.
In other business, council will be accepting proposals for a new delinquent tax collector after a contract with Keystone Municipal Collections was terminated last month. Proposals will be accepted until Jan. 31.
Police Chief R. Scott Adams said the department answered 268 calls for service during the month of November. There were 67 offenses committed in the city resulting in 31 arrests, 26 of which were adults and five juveniles. Police investigated six motor vehicle accidents, issued 58 traffic citations and answered six false alarms.
Additionally, Adams reported that five applicants are currently being considered for a full-time position with the Duquesne Police Department. The contenders will soon complete an agility test to determine their eligibility.
Fire Chief Andrew Fedor reported that the fire department responded to five structure fires, six auto fires, two EMS calls, six mutual aid situations and six miscellaneous calls for service.
Councilman Allan Chiesi reported that 33 occupancy permits and seven building permits were issued, totalling $1,450.
City Controller Beth Kracinovsky thanked everyone who helped make the 23rd annual "‘Tis the Season" celebration a success.
“It was a lovely evening a wonderful way to start off the holiday season,” Kracinvosky said.
Originally published December 15, 2017.