- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission yesterday said Greg O'Dell, an economic development official under Mayor Adrian Fenty, will become the body’s new chief executive officer.

O'Dell will replace Allen Lew, who announced he will leave the commission to direct the city’s school modernization initiative. He could take over as soon as next week, once a contract is drafted.

As top executive of the commission, O'Dell will oversee the effort to build a $611 million ballpark for the Washington Nationals in Southeast, as well as efforts to upgrade D.C. Armory and fields at many of the city’s high schools. He has served as a commission board member since being appointed by Fenty this spring. Currently, O'Dell is chief development officer in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

“We’re going to make sure that we bring the stadium in on time and on budget, and just a testament to the team that’s worked in the past, we’re gonna finish this thing, and I very much look forward to the challenge,” O'Dell said.

Sports commission chairman Matthew Cutts said he did not expect the change in leadership to affect the ability of the city to complete the ballpark project.

Greg knows this project inside and out,” Cutts said. “He knows it better than anybody. We aren’t going to miss a beat.”

Tim Lemke and Gary Emerling