- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

Metro interim General Manager Dan Tangherlini says he would consider accepting the job of D.C. city administrator if it is offered to him.

“It’s something I’d definitely be interested in,” Mr. Tangherlini told The Washington Times yesterday. “I’d definitely look into it.”

D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty, the Ward 4 Democrat who won his party’s nomination for mayor last week, yesterday said he had spoken with Mr. Tangherlini about the city administrator position but will not be making any job offer until after the general election in November.

Mr. Fenty previously has said that he would like to hire Mr. Tangherlini for the city administrator spot, if he is elected mayor.

Mr. Tangherlini, a former director of the District Department of Transportation, has served as Metro’s interim manager since early this year.

Metro’s board of directors is conducting a nationwide search for a permanent general manager and is considering Mr. Tangherlini, who is credited with improving the transit agency’s public image over the past six months.

The board is expected to make a decision after interviewing several candidates early next month.

Mr. Tangherlini said he would consider the city administrator position only if he is not hired as Metro’s general manager.

“The only job I’m looking at right now is the Metro manager job,” Mr. Tangherlini said. “But I don’t have it yet, so I’m not really in a position to not keep my options open.”

The current city administrator, Robert C. Bobb, is running for school board president.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fenty yesterday announced he will ask D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi to serve another four years after November’s election.

“That Dr. Gandhi will be the chief financial officer at least for the next four years is a great signal to Wall Street, a great signal to Congress and a great signal to average residents who want to make sure their taxpayer dollars will be spent wisely,” Mr. Fenty said. “I think it’s going to be a great relationship.”

Mr. Gandhi, who has held the position since 2000, said he would accept Mr. Fenty’s offer. His current term will end next year.

“I am extremely gratified by the confidence shown in me by Mr. Fenty,” Mr. Gandhi said. “I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve.”

Mr. Fenty said he does not plan to announce any more appointees until after the November election.

He said rumors that he would nominate council member Kathy Patterson, Ward 3 Democrat, for deputy mayor for public safety and justice are untrue.

“It’s completely inaccurate,” Mr. Fenty said.

“I haven’t talked to Kathy Patterson about anything except, ‘How are you doing after the election?’”

Mrs. Patterson last week lost the nomination for council chairman to council member Vincent C. Gray of Ward 7.

In an interview last month with The Times, Mr. Fenty said he would consider eliminating the positions of deputy mayor for public safety and justice and deputy mayor for children, youth, families and elders, deeming them unnecessary.

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