Michael Lamb announces candidacy for Allegheny County board of directors

Michael Lamb, Pittsburgh City Controller since 2008, has announced his candidacy for Allegheny County Board of Directors.

He announced his bid to replace the incumbent Rich Fitzgerald, which is limited in time and cannot stand again. WESA-FM describes the position as “arguably the most powerful local public position in western Pennsylvania, and Lamb was an enthusiastic supporter of a government restructuring effort that created the office more than two decades ago.”

“As the district board, we will have a district government that is transparent and accessible,” Lamb tweeted. “Government leadership committed to making Allegheny County work better for the people it serves.”

The Mount Washington resident is joining a Democratic field that also includes Erin McClellandConsultant providing project management in the county human services department and may also see listings from former county officers David Fawcett and state deputy Sara Innamorato.

According to the Pittsburgh City website, “The City Controller is the tax watchdog for the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh. It is the controller’s job to protect the city’s taxpayer funds from waste, fraud and misuse. The controller does this by auditing all expenses related to city government (the city also has a finance department and treasurer who collect and audit all city revenues).”

Lamb, 60, is an attorney and holds a law degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

His public career began in 2000 as county prothonotary, an elected position overseeing civil court records. An outspoken supporter of row office consolidation. Lamb even advocated the abolition of the Prothonotary’s Office, his own elected position. In 2005, Allegheny County citizens voted to consolidate the county’s row offices. And while he ran twice unsuccessfully for Pittsburgh mayor, he has served as city controller for the past 14 years.

“In addition to the issues I’ve fought for, we need to have a criminal justice system that protects people while providing real opportunity to those who have made mistakes and not just throwing our residents into unhealthy and unsafe facilities,” he also said tweeted.

“We need new partnerships with our many communities to ensure essential services are delivered effectively, and we need to ensure a fair property tax system that protects homeowners.”

His nephew, conoris an outgoing U.S. Representative from the 17th congressional district and a former candidate for the U.S. Senate.