Michael E. Lamb was elected Controller of the City of Pittsburgh in November of 2007, and took office on January 7, 2008. Prior to being elected City Controller, Michael was the Prothonotary of Allegheny County, the chief record keeper of the Court of Common Pleas. Michael served as the Acting Prothonotary in 2000 upon the death of former Prothonotary Michael Coyne, and was elected to a full term in November of 2003. Michael Lamb served as the Deputy Prothonotary from 1992 to 2000.
During his years in the Prothonotary's Office, Michael Lamb helped transform the office from a 19th century manual record keeping office to the most technologically advanced court recording office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As Prothonotary, Michael returned millions of dollars in surpluses to Allegheny County taxpayers and reduced the budget of the Prothonotary's office. Michael Lamb cut costs in the Prothonotary's office by reducing office staff through attrition, while at the same time improving service.
Michael Lamb is an attorney admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law, his Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and his Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University. Michael is also a graduate of the Local Government Academy.
Prior to working in the Prothonotary's office, Michael Lamb served as a research and legislative assistant to Pittsburgh City Council and was the Assistant Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
An aggressive political organizer, Michael Lamb has managed successful political campaigns in Allegheny County and in the City of Pittsburgh, including the Allegheny 2000 Citizens Committee which advocated for the County Home Rule Charter. Always putting the interests of Allegheny County's citizens before his own, Michael Lamb was an outspoken supporter of row office consolidation, even advocating for the elimination of the Prothonotary’s Office, his own elected position. In 2005, the citizens of Allegheny County voted to consolidate the County’s row offices. As a result, Michael Lamb became the last Prothonotary of Allegheny County.
Michael Lamb has also been active in the community. Michael is an instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County and serves on the boards of the Kane Foundation, the Catholic Youth Association and the Downtown Pittsburgh YMCA. He is a member of the Mount Washington - Duquesne Heights Community Development Corporation, and the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics. Michael was also the founding co-chair of A Plus Schools, the community alliance for Pittsburgh Public education.
A lifelong resident of Allegheny County, Michael is one of four children of former Pennsylvania State Senator Thomas Lamb and Barbara Lamb. Michael grew up in the Beechview section of the City of Pittsburgh where he attended St. Catherine's School. He went on to South Hills Catholic and Seton LaSalle High School. Michael Lamb is 45 years old. He and his wife Jill reside in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Michael Lamb's official page can be found here.