A 25-Year Veteran of FBI Named Pittsburgh’s New Public Safety Director

Wendell Hissrich, via city of Pittsburgh.
Wendell Hissrich, via city of Pittsburgh.

By Steve Neavling

A 25-year veteran of the FBI has been named Pittsburgh’s new public safety director.

Wendell Hissrich, 55, a former city paramedic, will begin the job on Jan. 11, the Associated Press reports.

He’ll replace another FBI veteran, Stephen Bucar, who departed in September to become a deputy commissioner with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Hissrich most recently supervised 56 field offices as chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Unit at FBI headquarters.

He will be paid $112,500, which is subject to city council approval.

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