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In December, when a Washington Examiner citizen blogger named Mr. Gray the 2010 “Person of the Year,” Ms. Whiting commented online, “BESIDES MY DADDY … I AGREE!”

Ms. Whiting told The Times last week she “never worked harder” than when she campaigned for Mr. Gray, and denied that her support of him had anything to do with her DPR hiring. “There are several others who worked on the campaign who are working in D.C. government,” she said. “I’ve built a reputation based on respect because of the work I do.”

Prior to her hiring, Ms. Whiting worked for eight months as an administrative assistant to D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson. “She did community outreach, constituent services and other projects,” Mr. Mendelson said.

In her job at DPR, Ms. Whiting reports directly to Mr. Stokes. “She knows quite a few people in D.C. government, private industry and across communities,” he said. “Her reach is citywide.”

A concerned citizen

Ms. Whiting’s relationship with Chief Lanier is ambiguous. Both point to Ms. Whiting’s role as an activist in Ward 4, where the chief once served as a district commander. And both insist their relationship is no different from any other the chief may have with a concerned citizen.

But an e-mail Ms. Whiting sent to Chief Lanier last year sparked an internal investigation that evolved into an adverse action that some say led to special treatment of Ms. Whiting.

In November, Ms. Whiting appeared before a three-member trial board and requested to testify anonymously, despite having identified herself as the complainant in her original notice to Chief Lanier, according to a hearing transcript. After 3rd District Police Commander George Kucik, chairman of the hearing, recommended that she testify as “Ms. X,” the attorney for the officer charged with misconduct objected.

Ms. Whiting eventually was instructed to testify to her full name.

In a later hearing on the same matter, police officials insisted that witnesses leave the area outside the hearing room when it was time for Ms. Whiting to testify. “I told them I wasn’t coming down walking past all them people,” she said, adding that she feared retaliation.

During the hearing, James Pressler, the attorney for the police officer, said he had never seen such “astonishing accommodation” for a witness in his 36 years of representing police in such forums.

Ms. Whiting said she brought the complaint to point out misconduct. She said she was treated just like anyone else who tried to help the department.

But when Ms. Whiting heard her name surface as a complainant, additional charges of disclosing the name of a witness were brought against the officer. “She said she was going to get to the bottom of it,” according to a family friend’s testimony. “She was going to contact Cathy Lanier.

“She referred to her as Cat,” the family friend said. “She said they were friends. She said she had it like that with Cat.”

As an additional result of Ms. Whiting’s complaints, a commanding officer involved with the matter was demoted.

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