Mayor Gray’s Hiring Practices under Microscope

March 30, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s former chief of staff made several attempts to find a city job for Sulaimon Brown, eventually placing him in an agency with oversight over how the District spends funds on local and federal health-care programs, according to testimony from a D.C. Council hearing Monday probing the administration’s hiring practices.  The hearing, the first of two scheduled to try to unravel how several controversial hires were made, offered the most detailed picture to date of how Brown was hired as a $110,000-a-year special assistant despite six run-ins with law enforcement, including three charges in the District and one in Chicago.  Gerri Mason Hall, who was Gray’s chief of staff until her dismissal two weeks ago, instructed the Department of Health Care Finance on Jan. 31 to find a position to match Brown’s qualifications, the agency’s former chief of staff, Talib Karim, told the council.

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