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Influential/William McKain: Managing a different way

The Los Angeles Times
| Saturday, July 12, 2014 9:00 p.m
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William McKain

Who: William McKain

Age: 54

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Occupation: Allegheny County manager

Influential because: McKain is the county’s chief administrator and reports directly to county Executive Rich Fitzgerald. He oversees the daily activities of county departments and coordinates budget planning, public relations and policy. He also is an ex officio member of the county parks foundation.

Influential mindset: McKain’s conference room contains a framed quote from retired Adm. Grace Hopper that states, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’”

Influential education: McKain holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management from Robert Morris University.

Influential experience: Before being named by Fitzgerald to replace former county Manager James Flynn in 2012, McKain spent three years as the Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s assistant to the superintendent for finance and operations.

McKain spent 12 years working in the county controller’s office before leaving in 2000 to become controller of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. He returned to the county in 2001 and spent two years as a financial statement preparer, internal audit manager and assistant budget director in the budget office before becoming Mt. Lebanon’s finance director.

Influential organizationally: McKain is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has participated in numerous seminars as a presenter for the Local Government Academy, including its newly elected officials course, and is a budget-finance team member of the LGA Pillars of Good Government, for use in evaluating the value and performance of local government services.

Influential family: McKain has a wife, Francine, and two sons.

Influential endorsement: ”(McKain) is a top-notch professional.” — Mt. Lebanon municipal manager Steve Feller.

Influential quote: “We want a new lens and new view of how we deliver services in our county.” — McKain in September 2013.

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