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Pittsburgh Council confirms mayor’s choice to head city technology department

Bob Bauder
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Santiago Garces, Pittsburgh’s new director of Innovation and Performance.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday confirmed Mayor Bill Peduto’s pick to head the city’s Department of Innovation and Performance.

Council unanimously confirmed Santiago Garces, who formerly served as chief innovation officer in South Bend, Indiana. Garces, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, started South Bend’s Department of Innovation and Technology in 2015.

Garces has bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and political science and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship in science, engineering, and technology, all from University of Notre Dame.

His 2019 salary will be $108,819.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter @bobbauder.