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Media Advisory
News Date: November 25, 2019

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Appoints Kate McSweeney Pishotti as Deputy Chief of Staff

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced today that Kate Pishotti will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, filling a vacancy created by the departure of Greg Davies. Pishotti currently serves as Deputy Public Safety Director and is expected to transition into the mayor’s office by year-end.

“Kate is both a leader and convener. She brings people together to facilitate change,” said Mayor Ginther. “She is an exceptionally competent, compassionate and committed public servant who has been working to improve Columbus neighborhoods for more than 20 years. I am pleased to bring her expertise to the Mayor’s office.”

Kate has been deeply involved with the work of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission, including the independent review of the Division of Police conducted by Matrix Consulting. She managed the launch and implementation of the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT) that places mental health nurses and outreach coordinators within the Emergency Medical Services to offer immediate services to a person who experiences a life threatening overdose. She serves on the Violent Crime Review Group and was instrumental in bringing body-worn cameras to the Columbus Division of Police. Prior to working for the Department of Public Safety, Kate served 18 years in the Legislative Research Office and as an aid for Columbus City Council. She previously worked as a probation officer and bailiff for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

In her new role in the Mayor’s office, Kate will work as the liaison to Public Safety, in part guiding the implementation of the Safety Advisory Commission recommendations. She will also be the liaison to the Columbus Civil Service Commission and Department of Human Resources among other duties.

"I am extremely honored for the opportunity to serve Mayor Ginther and the people of Columbus,” said Pishotti.  “I am eager to take on new challenges while continuing to serve the city that raised me."