As Controller of the City of Pittsburgh since 2008, Michael has worked to eliminate corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse, strengthen the city’s finances, and save taxpayers money. Audits have led to major improvements in how city departments and authorities serve and interact with taxpayers. He has opened city government so the people can monitor how their money is spent and has given taxpayers unprecedented access to information about the city’s budget operations. He also created a website that allows citizens to view all city contracts, campaign contributions, and candidates’ expenses. When he took office, Pittsburgh was near bankrupt. Twelve years later, it is generating surpluses, its debt has been cut in half, and its pension fund is on its way to full funding. In 1998, he led the effort to pass the Home Rule Charter for Allegheny County, ushering in a new, more effective, and more responsive form of county government. As the Allegheny County Prothonotary from 2000-2007, he called for the elimination of his own elected office as part of a row office consolidation plan to save taxpayers money, thus becoming the county’s last Prothonotary. Lamb, born and raised in Pittsburgh, is a graduate of Penn State, Duquesne School of Law, and Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy.
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