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 planning 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, President (2nd ward)
Pamela Macklin was elected to Wilkinsburg Council in 1997, 2001, 2009 and again in 2013. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda A. Atkins
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.
Ian Petrulli was sworn into office January 6, 2020. He is a 6 year resident of Wilkinsburg, and is currently Vice President of Holiday Travel International in North Huntingdon, PA, all while practicing law on the side. Ian received his BA from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2007 in Latin American Urban Development and Spanish. He later went on to study law at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. He looks forward to becoming more involved in the community, and using his skills in urban development and legal studies to make Wilkinsburg a better place for all residents. Ian and his fiancé own a home in Ward 1 and reside with their daughter and dog.
Mr. Petrulli is a member of St. James Catholic Church in Wilkinsburg.
Ian can be reached at 724-309-4306.
Ariel Haughton was sworn in on January 6, 2020. More information coming soon.
Andre Scott was sworn into office in March, 2019 and was then appointed to Capital Planning/Blight, Employment, and Public Safety Committees. A 20 plus year resident of Wilkinsburg, Andre is currently a Clinical Consultant/Therapist. He has been a homeowner in the Borough for 12 years. Working to revitalize communities through its human capital and their improved quality of life has been the focus of both his career and personal efforts for over ten years. Andre has been involved in peace efforts throughout the city and state via workshops, all age functions, and entertainment venues in order to reduce gun violence, improve police/community relations, and service a variety of people. These efforts led to an opportunity as a Legislative Assistant in state government. Andre plans to utilize community engagement skills and established resources to assist council in helping Wilkinsburg become a great place to live for everyone. Along with his fiancé Darchini and five children he is a member of Mulberry Community Church. Andre Scott can be reached at 412-969-2390 or via email at AScott@wilkinsburgpa.gov.
Michael Lefebvre has been a 3rd Ward Wilkinsburg resident since 2000. He is the Finance Chair and formerly chaired the Public Safety Committee. He also served on the Finance and Capital Planning Committees. Mr. Lefebvre is a homeowner and has organized resident-led community improvement projects such as Green Street and Whitney Park clean ups. He is a member of the Planning Commission. He has served on the Wilkinsburg Community Days and Toys for Tots committees for several years. He was elected to Council in 2009 and again in 2013. He served as an Officer in the United States Naval Reserve for 10+ years. Michael Lefebvre can be reached at email@example.com or 412-243-9978.
As a nine year resident of Wilkinsburg I have come to love residing here. In November, 2019, I was voted in as a New Councilwoman and look forward to serving our community as well as getting to know many residents who I have found to be very welcoming to newcomers such as myself. I consider myself to be a very friendly, outgoing and people oriented person who is always ready willing and able to help anyone in need. In addition, I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother to which I am very proud and blessed to be so. Wilkinsburg is a very friendly and family oriented place to not only reside, but also to raise a family. During my nine years as a resident I became involved in volunteering at a local Food Pantry in helping to unload the van as well as packing and distributing food to persons in need of this service. Most recently, I have become more involved with community events such as attending the Wilkinsburg Citizens Police Academy, driving in the Little League Parade, Volunteering at the Polls during the most recent Elections, Wilkinsburg Community Clean Up Day, Volunteering to help set up and distribute Produce at Civically’s Fresh Produce Distribution in October of 2019. Volunteering to me is very satisfying and I have acquired a deep devotion to doing so within the last twenty years. In closing, I look forward to watching our Community grow with more Businesses opting to locate and/or relocate here, making Wilkinsburg a Community we as residents will be proud to call home, and visitors will be proud to visit.
Denise Edwards (President Pro-Tempore)
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. She serves on the Finance Committee and Capital Planning and Blight. A 40 year resident, Denise is an administrative assistant to engineers, gardens, plays cards and walks Frick Park. Contact Denise at: (412) 401 – 6693.