(Washington Examiner) — Mayor Vincent Gray has slashed the salaries of several top political appointees just days after a D.C. Council report found the salaries were on pace to break city regulations, a Gray spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Examiner on Tuesday. Gray has been criticized for the high salaries he has been paying members of his administration, but has previously stood by those salaries saying they were needed to attract top talent to the city. Over the past two days, though, he has quietly told appointees whose rates of pay were set to break the legal annual limit that they would be cut down to the cap imposed by city regulations, administration and council sources confirmed. The hardest hit is D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, whose $275,000 annual salary will be trimmed to $179,096. She could not be reached for comment.