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CORRECTION: This story as originally published Jade Burleigh's name spelled incorrectly. The spelling was incorrect on paperwork supplied by a city official. We apologize for the error.
(Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby swears in newly appointed city Controller Jade Burleigh. Cami DiBattista photo, special to Tube City Almanac)
Jade Burleigh was sworn in as the new Duquesne City Controller at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Burleigh has a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. A vice president at BNY Mellon, he will fill the term of former city Controller Beth Kracinovsky, who resigned last month.
Council also appointed Duquesne resident Tammy Pratt to serve as the emergency management coordinator for the city.
“After attending the local government academy, we realized the emergency plan for Duquesne hasn’t been updated in the last 25 years,” Mayor Nickole Nesby said. “Tammy has volunteered to work with us and the local 9-1-1 (center) to update our plan.”
In other business, the city has applied for two grants --- one from Allegheny County's Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund and one from the state Department of Environmental Protection --- to replace several water lines in the city and for new equipment at the reservoir, Nesby said.
The projects are being completed in response to a notice of violation received recently from the Allegheny County Health Department, which listed several areas in need of improvement.
Council approved the following motions 4-0:
- A motion to authorize the state Department of Community and Economic Development to perform an information technlogy and computer services analysis for the city.
- A motion to pay $10,000 to the Steel Rivers Council of Government for annual dues.
- A motion to accept the resignation of Police Officer Ozie Sparks III.
- A motion for the demolition of a vacant house at 32 South 6th St.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers Duquesne and White Oak municipal news and other topics for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published February 19, 2018.