New Report Critical of Gray's Hiring Practices

Committee calls mayor "disconnected" over administration's personnel decisions

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration is being blasted in a new report put together by a special committee that’s investigating hiring practices. The committee released that report yesterday, after a six-month investigation.

It calls Mayor Gray "disconnected" and claims his administration broke local and federal laws in its hiring practices.

The report also gives credence to allegations leveled by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown. He has said repeatedly a Gray campaign official paid him for bad-mouthing then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.  The report did state that Brown exaggerated the amount he was paid.

The committee did not accuse the mayor of having any direct involvement in many controversial personnel decisions.

“Ultimately, Mayor Gray, as chief executive, is responsible for the actions and errors of his campaign, transition and administration,” the report stated. “And when those actions and errors were discovered, it is unfortunate that the Gray administration did not act more swiftly to investigate and repudiate the unlawful actions that occurred.”
 

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