- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2006

Adrian M. Fenty spent his first day as the District’s mayor-elect outlining an aggressive transition plan, but he declined to reveal the fates of several key members of the current administration.

“We’ve committed to a very general principle during the entire campaign, and that was that we were going to be extremely aggressive and forward-thinking about transitioning and about bringing new ideas and new people into the District of Columbia government,” Mr. Fenty said. “I deeply feel that we’ve got to get started now.”

Mr. Fenty, 35, easily won Tuesday’s general election, collecting 89 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.

The mayor-elect is expected to name a new attorney general and general counsel today, and said he will announce his selections for the deputy mayor positions next week.

Mr. Fenty would not say when he would decide on the future of Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, whom he has publicly criticized.

“All I can say is that we will do it as quickly as possible,” Mr. Fenty said.

He also would not say when he would name a successor to Fire Chief Adrian H. Thompson, whom he has said he will not retain.

The incoming mayor said he expects to meet soon with Robert C. Bobb, the president-elect of the D.C. Board of Education. Mr. Fenty has suggested he will propose a mayoral takeover of the school system that likely would relegate the board to an advisory role.

“We haven’t made the final decision” on the takeover, Mr. Fenty said. “But it will not rest on who is in control now and who will be in control after January.”

Mr. Fenty also officially introduced former Metro interim General Manager Dan Tangherlini as his city administrator and appointed campaign manager Tene Dolphin as his chief of staff. The senior staff members will oversee the transition, which has an Internet base at www.fentytransition.org. The transition team also plans town hall meetings in each ward to further involve residents.

Transition team staff — including Mr. Fenty and Mr. Tangherlini — are working out of about 30 open cubicles on the eighth floor of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Northwest. The open-office “bullpen” format is modeled after New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s office structure.

Mr. Tangherlini said a main purpose of the transition process will be to examine the structures, budget, staffing and leadership of city government agencies and decide whether changes need to be made.

“We’re also going to look at the hot issues and what are some of the ideas and priorities that the agencies have themselves,” he said.

The transition campaign will be incorporated and will accept direct and in-kind donations. Mr. Fenty, who raised more than $3.5 million during his mayoral campaign, also is expected to receive $250,000 in public funds to assist the transition. Mr. Fenty will be sworn into office Jan. 2.

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