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Topic - Judy Banks
There is "clear evidence" that Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration engaged in cronyism, paid excessive salaries above legal caps and illegally hired the children of senior officials, according to a council committee's draft report.
The administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray engaged in cronyism, paid salaries above legal caps and illegally hired the children of senior officials, according to the findings of a D.C. Council investigation released Tuesday.
A D.C. Council committee that hoped to shed light Friday on charges of nepotism in Mayor Vincent C. Gray's hiring practices will have to wait a while longer.
Rochelle Webb has had a week to "get over the shock" of the abrupt end of her city job on April 1 — a parable of sorts on how an outsider was swept into the gears of local influence and the roulette known as the excepted service, a system of political hires who serve at the will of the executive.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's former chief of staff testified Thursday that she made errors in hiring for the administration and allowed informal standards to guide how much appointees were paid.
Judy Banks, interim director of the D.C. Office of Human Resources, testified that it was fair to say Ms. Hall hired her child and established his salary at the Department of Parks and Recreation.