While seven Democratic candidates have indicated their interest in replacing Rich Fitzgerald as Allegheny County Executive, the Republican party has not seen anyone step to the plate to announce their candidacy.
Joe Rockey, retired executive vice president and chief risk officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., officially declared his candidacy at a Wednesday morning press conference at the Wyndham Grand.
“It’s time to invest in our people,” he said. “It’s time to invest in our county. It’s time to start – right now. It’s time for those of us in the middle to take back Allegheny County and create a future for everyone.”
“It’s not enough to put up new buildings and arenas without the people to fill them. It’s about creating opportunities, building futures, and supporting the families of our region.”
He joined PNC in 1999 as senior vice president and chief financial officer of PNC Secured Finance. As EVP and chief risk officer, he had responsibility for PNC’s enterprise-wide independent risk management program, including credit, compliance, operational and market risk.
Rockey, 58, moved up the ladder with PNC, also serving previously as director of strategic planning, as well as leading the commercial banking segment.
“Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, I think we share the same values,” he said. “Common sense solutions that work for people. That’s the real political majority in Allegheny County.”
He is active on the board of the Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, while also chairing the board of St. Joseph House of Hospitality. Rockey serves on the advisory board for the Little Sisters of the Poor and was president and member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh, Inc.
“One of my first acts will be to reinvigorate our economic development effort,” Rockey said. “We will partner with business, labor, our foundations and universities, and start the necessary task of creating better jobs by building a stronger workforce.”
Rockey has been a certified public accountant and certified information systems auditor, having earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University.
His previous political activity was unavailable on his LinkedIn site.
There are seven announced candidates for County Executive on the Democratic side – Olivia Bennett, Dave Fawcett, Sara Innamorato, Michael Lamb, Erin McClelland, Will Parker, and John Weinstein.