Doyle Statement on the Passing of Allegheny County Councilman Charles Martoni

May 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) issued the following statement today regarding the life of Allegheny County Council Member Charles Martoni, who passed away over the weekend.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Allegheny County Councilman Charles Martoni, a dedicated public servant and thoughtful civic leader.

“Over the course of his life, Dr. Martoni served in a number of elected and appointed positions in local government, including as Councilman and Mayor of Swissvale, his home town. He also served on the boards of the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Woodland Hills School District.

“In addition, Dr. Martoni held a number of positions at the Community College of Allegheny County’s Boyce Campus  –  from adjunct professor and director of financial aid and counseling to dean of student development, interim vice president, and, ultimately, president. He had a real passion for helping young people get a good education, and as a Woodland Hills School Board member and President of the Community College of Allegheny County’s Boyce Campus, he helped ensure that many local children did.

“His own educational journey took him from CCAC to Duquesne University to California University of Pennsylvania to the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Ph.D in higher education. 

“Dr. Martoni is probably best known today for serving nearly 20 years on the Allegheny County Council. He helped the County make a successful transition from the county commissioners model we had 20 years ago to the system we have today - a single executive and a county council.

“Dr. Martoni was also a dear friend and valued mentor of mine. I first met Chuck when we served together on Swissvale Borough Council more than 40 year ago. He was a classic Swissvale boy, so we really hit it off, and he taught me a lot about public service. We each eventually moved on to new and different challenges, but I nevertheless ended up working with him throughout my career at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

“Charles was respected on both sides of the aisle, and his leadership is something that should be admired and emulated. His many contributions to our community has had – and will continue to have – a big positive impact.

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family. My thoughts are with them and all of those who knew and loved Chuck.”