Borough Council

The Council of Wilkinsburg is a body of nine elected officials. There are three officials from each of Wilkinsburg’s three wards.

Council members elect a President among themselves. The Council President is responsible for presiding over Council meetings, establishing committees, and appointing committee chairs. There is also a Vice-President, who presides over Council meetings in the absence of the President.

The role of Council is to serve as civilian oversight of all activities of the Borough, including the management of Borough employees. Council is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations, approving all personnel decisions, and establishing and maintaining the Borough’s budget. The Council also works with Pennsylvania and Allegheny County officials to find ways to stimulate economic development.

Council members serve four-year terms, with no limitation on the number of terms served. Elections occur every other year on odd-numbered years. Each election year, four or five seats on Council are open to voting. The rotation of seats ensures that there are always experienced representatives serving on Council.

Council meets the first and third Wednesdays of most months, with the exception of several months due to holidays. The first Wednesday of the month is the working session and the third Wednesday of the month is the legislative session. Council has only one meeting in August to allow for summer vacation schedules.

Council Member Profiles

Pamela Macklin, (2nd ward)

Pamela Macklin was elected to Wilkinsburg Council in 1997, 2001, 2009, 2013 and most recently in 2021. During her first term Ms Macklin served as Vice President of Council and Chair of the Finance Committee; her second term Ms Macklin served as President of Council and Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee. For the past 4 years Ms Macklin has served on the Wilkinsburg Planning Commission, formerly as President. She also is a Board Member and chair of the Economic Restructuring Committee of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation. Ms Macklin is the president of the Wilkinsburg Democratic Committee and was founder of the Princeton Park Block Club. Ms. Macklin was Chair of the Capital Planning Committee, served on the Finance Committee and was re-appointed to the Planning Commission in 2010. Pamela Macklin can be reached at 412-780-7730 or pmacfish@aol.com.

 

Paige E. Trice, Vice President (1st ward)

Paige E. Trice was raised in Wilkinsburg, attended Wilkinsburg schools and is a longtime homeowner.  She was sworn in to serve her first term on Council in January 2008 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.  She currently serves as Chair of the Personnel, Policies and Procedures Committee and is a member of the Constituent Services and Special Events Committees.  She is also Council’s representative to the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments.  Ms. Trice has served on the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Other activities in which she currently participates are secretary of the Wilkinsburg Democratic Committee, Senior Activities Days, Bessica Clark Glenn Montier (BCGM) Block Club vice president, and an active volunteer of Allegheny County and local AARP (vice president) chapters.

Ms. Trice is a member of St. James Church, Wilkinsburg.

Paige Trice can be contacted at (412) 871-5367 or tricepe145@gmail.com

 

First Ward

Linda A. Atkins  (President Pro-Tempore)

Linda Atkins was sworn into office on January 17th, 2018. She is a longtime resident of Wilkinsburg and a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. Ms Atkins holds a BSN and CCM.  She became more engaged in her community by forming and becoming Captain of Hilltop Block Watch in 2013. As Captain the block watch has written for several grants, hosted community block parties, Holiday parties, has done multiple clean up days, developed community partners, a FB page, and a community garden among other family-oriented activities.  Ms Atkins listens to and seeks to solve problems as they arise. She recently held a successful fundraiser in Wilkinsburg for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.  Ms Atkins will serve on Capital Planning and Blight, the Senior Services Committee, and Constituent Services and Special Events.

 

Second Ward

Ariel Haughton

Ariel Haughton was sworn in on January 6, 2020.

 

 

Sabrina Gibson

Sabrina Gibson was elected to her first term representing Ward 2 in November 2021.  She hopes to bring a new perspective to Council to help address Wilkinsburg’s shrinking population, high taxes, and blight problems.  She also plans to work on bringing new brick and mortar stores to our downtown and create new programs for the youth in our community that will give them community pride.

Sabrina is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has lived in Wilkinsburg since 2004.  She spent over thirty years working with at-risk youth at Pittsburgh Public Schools, a Youth Forestry program, Shurman Center, and, most recently, as a Juvenile Parole Officer with Allegheny County.  She enjoys giving back to the community and serves as a poll worker, assisting voters at Johnston School.

Sabrina serves on the Public Safety Committee and the Joint Tax Committee.

 

Third Ward

Denise Edwards,  President

Denise Edwards served on Wilkinsburg Council from 1998 – 2010, and again as of January 2018. Chairwoman of council’s Social Media and Communications committee, Wilkinsburg will be installing in 2019, a direct resident contact system, via phone, computer and land line, to inform everyone of emergencies and events. As a member of the Workforce Development committee, she connected residents to skilled building trades opportunities with nearly 100 of our neighbors, men and women, in paid apprenticeship training.   A 40 year resident, Denise is an administrative assistant to engineers, gardens, plays cards and walks Frick Park. Contact Denise at: (412) 401 – 6693.

 

The following new Council Members were sworn in on January, 3, 2022.  They can be contacted via the email addresses below.

Councilman William Smith, III – 1st Ward        wsmith@wilkinsburgpa.gov

Councilwoman Sabrina Gibson  – 2nd Ward     sgibson@wilkinsburgpa.gov

Councilwoman Nicole Santella – 3rd Ward        nsantella@wilkinsburgpa.gov

Councilman Michael McMullen – 3rd Ward      mmcmullen@wilkinsburgpa.gov