Vincent C. Gray (left), then D.C. mayor-elect, listens on Dec. 16, 2010, as his nominee for fire chief, Kenneth B. Ellerbe, fields a question at a news conference. Some say the city should have conducted a national search to fill the post. (Associated Press)

Vincent C. Gray (left), then D.C. mayor-elect, listens on Dec. 16, 2010, as his nominee for fire chief, Kenneth B. Ellerbe, fields a question at a news conference. Some say the city should have conducted a national search to fill the post. (Associated Press)