- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2003

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The D.C. Council won a partial victory yesterday in its battle over the city’s inspector general, but the man at the center of the storm will get to keep his job.

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled the council has the right to set qualifications for the inspector general’s job, but struck down the provision applying to incumbent Inspector General Charles C. Maddox.

It is the latest turn in an ongoing feud between the council and Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Earlier this year, the council passed legislation changing the qualifications for the inspector general’s job, qualifications that Mr. Maddox does not meet. Mr. Williams vetoed their legislation, but the council then overrode it.

The inspector general investigates mismanagement, waste and corruption in city government. Council members have criticized Mr. Maddox for his handling of the Washington Teachers Union scandal and an investigation into the mayor’s campaign fund raising.

Each side claimed victory following Judge John M. Campbell’s ruling.

“The fact that the court did not strike down the qualifications themselves means that the qualifications for the position of IG are warranted and that the Council acted within its authority in imposing them,” said council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at-large Democrat.

Mrs. Cropp said the council would appeal the section dealing with Mr. Maddox to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Mr. Williams said he had no problem with changing the job requirements, but that he did not want the council to have the power to remove an incumbent. He said he was hoping to work with the council “in a spirit of cooperation.”

“The court has recognized the importance of the separation-of-powers ideals that I fought to preserve in this lawsuit,” Mr. Williams said.

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