PHILADELPHIA – Today Mayor Kenney announced the resignation of Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin, who will retire on October 20. First Deputy Commissioner Kathleen McColgan has been appointed to serve as acting Revenue Commissioner.
“Effective City government and quality services to residents depend on revenue, and as Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin has served Philadelphia exceptionally well, with responsibility and care, for nearly eight years,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Frank’s efforts to ensure the accurate, reliable, and equitable collection of taxes exemplify our administration’s values. I congratulate Frank on his retirement after an outstanding career of public service, and I am pleased to appoint Kathleen McColgan to the role of acting Revenue Commissioner. I know that under her leadership the Department will continue to provide excellent service to taxpayers and support the success of our great city.”
Breslin has served as the City’s top tax official since his appointment by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016. Under Breslin’s leadership, the Department of Revenue launched the largest technological upgrade in Department history, replacing a 35-year-old system. Breslin started his 39-year tenure as an auditor, held several leadership positions in the Revenue Department, such as Director of Compliance Operations, and served as Deputy Revenue Commissioner from 2009 to 2015.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Philadelphia as Revenue Commissioner under Mayor Kenny’s administration and throughout my career,” said Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin. “I am proud of the work we have done to improve delinquent collections, expand Real Estate Tax relief programs, and modernize the internal systems of the Department. I am confident that the Department is in great hands and will continue to thrive under the leadership of First Deputy Commissioner Kathleen McColgan.”
First Deputy Commissioner Kathleen McColgan has been with the Department of Revenue for 25 years and has been part of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue leadership team since 2014.
“It was a true privilege to work alongside a devoted leader and learn from an extraordinary mentor such as Commissioner Breslin,” said First Deputy Commissioner Kathleen McColgan. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Department to continue to provide excellent service to the taxpayers of Philadelphia.”
McColgan is a Pierce College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. She has received national accolades and has overseen the Department’s efforts to modernize its integrated tax system, improve customer service, and led the Department through the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also played a key role in enhancing efficiencies within units such as Remittance Processing, Call Center, and Accounting.
Detailed biographies for both leaders can be found on the Department’s website.