Pettigrew Out as D.C. Small Business Director

DSLBD Chief of Staff replaces under-fire Pettigrew

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    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

    Washington Mayor Vincent Gray has replaced the head of the district's Department of Small and Local Business Development.

    Gray says Harold Pettigrew is being replaced by Robert Summers, the agency's chief of staff.

    The district has been working to reform the department's Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program, which helps district-based companies win contracts. Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins says the district is continuing to move forward aggressively with needed reforms in the program.

    D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange says he agrees that the program needs new leadership open to ideas that will benefit the CBE community. Pettigrew was criticized for a tweet last month that was interpreted by many as criticizing Orange's leadership skills.