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Ex-New Beginnings official settles suit

Reid didn’t get permanent job

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The former superintendent of the Laurel facility that houses wards of the D.C. juvenile justice agency has settled a lawsuit in which he claimed he was passed over in his bid to become the permanent boss and terminated for criticizing the selection process.

Court records show Namon Reid III's case against the District was settled and dismissed on Sept. 21, though the dollar amount and the terms are unclear. The D.C. Office of the Attorney General has yet to provide that information, in response to a request from The Washington Times.

Mr. Reid's attorney, J. Michael Hannon, said by phone he "will not comment, and neither will Mr. Reid."

Mr. Reid was hired by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in 2007 and rose to interim superintendent of the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in October 2010. That same month, the agency started to recruit a permanent chief for the facility.

Mr. Reid considered himself the best-suited person for the job but was not selected. Over the summer, he accused DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley of amending and reposting the job requirements to fit someone he knew socially for 10 years, Capt. Steven Baynes.

Capt. Baynes, who got the job, had a successful career in the U.S. Coast Guard but no discernible experience in juvenile justice.

Mr. Reid lodged a formal complaint in January, citing a memo from interim D.C. Department of Human Resources Director Judy Banks that required Mr. Stanley to repost the job and convene a panel to review the candidates.

Mr. Stanley testified at a June 1 hearing he did not "have any recollection of seeing that memo," but would look into the matter. He also distanced himself from the process, saying alterations to the job posting appeared to be part of a widespread effort to update employment announcements.

Mr. Reid's accusations nearly upended Mr. Stanley's confirmation as director, after council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, requested an investigation into the matter from the city human resources department.

Mr. Graham, chairman of the Committee on Human Services, and council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, voted against Mr. Stanley's confirmation, citing his lack of experience and ongoing problems at the agency. However, Mr. Stanley was automatically confirmed when the full council failed to vote on his confirmation before their summer recess.

A spokeswoman for DYRS referred questions about the lawsuit to the attorney general's office.

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