- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s former deputy chief of staff resigned yesterday over frustrations related to the mayor’s decision-making style.

“I had different expectations for what our administration was going to represent and stand for than what’s come to pass,” said Neil Richardson, who submitted his letter of resignation yesterday afternoon. “I felt like there’s been a lot of public input and public dialogue that’s been circumvented, where we could’ve used the public to give some good ideas.”

Mr. Richardson, 43, is the second official to leave the Fenty administration in recent weeks. Attorney General Linda Singer announced her resignation last month amid reports that she was frustrated over the mayor’s general counsel intruding on the duties of her office.

Mr. Richardson served as policy director and one of two senior field coordinator’s during Mr. Fenty’s mayoral campaign. He also traveled to cities across the country — including Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco — to study practices that could be used in the District.

“I think one of the things we’ve been seeing the last five to 10 years across the country is [city] councils and mayors working together,” Mr. Richardson said. “Our mayor, currently at this moment … we’re not practicing those practices.”

In October, Mr. Richardson was transferred from the administration bullpen in the John A. Wilson Building, demoted and given the task of coordinating a volunteer program for D.C. public schools.

He said he expects today to be his last day in the office.

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