- U.S., China race to finish line on ‘invisibility cloak’
- Obama ‘cavalier’ in hiding foreign aid order, judge rules
- Prince Charles: Muslims are driving Christians from Mideast through persecution
- Gitmo’s first commander: Close the prison down
- Google’s newest photography find: Just wink and shoot
- Detroit’s Heidelberg art project hit by 8 fires in 8 months
- Pa. police pull people over for random DNA tests for feds
- NASA pushing hard to get back into space game
- Harvard student to face federal charges for bomb hoax
- Ronnie Biggs of ‘Great Train Robbery’ fame dies, 84
Gray appoints Obama official as new chief of staff
Mayor Vincent C. Gray Monday introduced his new chief of staff and a deputy to handle community outreach, frankly accepting that early “hits” to his administration besmirched his office ahead of more recent, positive strides.
The new chief of staff, Christopher Murphy, is leaving the Obama administration to join Mr. Gray. He served as deputy chief of staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development after founding City Year Washington, D.C., a nonprofit chapter of the AmeriCorps service program.
Mr. Murphy is the mayor’s first permanent chief of staff since March, when initial pick Gerri Mason Hall was let go amid accusations of nepotism and inflated salaries among Mr. Gray’s political hires.
Paul Quander, the deputy mayor for public safety, had served as interim chief of staff.
Mr. Gray on Monday struck a humbled tone in discussing early missteps that “eroded public faith” in city government and his leadership, yet he highlighted recent successes such as decreased crime, a modernized school system and a summer youth-employment program that finished under budget.
“There’s no question we’ve taken some hits, and some of them are self-inflicted,” Mr. Gray said. “At the end of the day, these are things that occurred on my watch. I recognize that ultimately the buck stops with me, and I accept that responsibility moving forward.”
He was an associate at a private law firm before founding City Year, then served as general counsel for Atlantic Media Company before joining HUD.
Mr. Murphy told reporters he is invested in the District as a 20-year resident who made his career on Capitol Hill and in other D.C. endeavors. A resident of Chevy Chase in Ward 4, he is married with two young boys in the D.C. Public Schools system.
He made it clear he is keenly aware of initial problems within the Gray team and pledged to conduct a thorough review of the administration.
“The unfortunate, misguided actions of a few have overshadowed the extraordinary work of so many,” Mr. Murphy said.
Mr. Murphy said he is also aware of the allegations made by Sulaimon Brown, a minor 2010 mayoral candidate who says he was paid and promised a job by Mr. Gray’s team to stay in the race and bash incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Top insurers' group: Obamacare customers have 10 more days to pay first premium
- Pelosi raises alarm over handling of classified Obamacare security documents
- GOP lawmaker: Best 'fix' for Obamacare is a mercy killing
- GOP, Dem lawmakers unite in call for women's history museum
- Priebus sees conservative activist groups as GOP 'asset'
Latest Blog Entries
- Lawmakers: Time to recognize women's history through a national museum
- White House calls attention to HealthCare.gov as key deadline looms
- RNC Chairman Priebus: Conservative groups are 'asset,' despite what Boehner says
- Obama's job approval reaches all-time low in Iowa, could affect Senate race: poll
- Sen. Patty Murray: Budget compromise needed to restore trust in Congress
By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Half of America strips religion from Christmas
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
- We told you so: Conservatives foresaw polygamy ruling
- EDITORIAL: Al Gore, soothsayer
- Obama mocks Putin, picks gay athletes for Sochi delegation
- Top Democrats reject court ruling over NSA spying on Americans
- Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors
- HURT: D.C. gets the vapors, calls sequester too much
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
An objective, analysis-based perspective of D.C. sports as seen through the eyes of lifelong D.C. sports enthusiast, John Heibel.
Human interest stories to feed interest, satisfy curiosity and see outside the box.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow