Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
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Bowser announces post-election reorganization at leading California agencies

Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor of the Statistics Division, was re-elected for a second term on Tuesday. (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post) Two days after winning a second term, the mayor of the CdC, Muriel E. Bowser (D), announced Thursday a reshuffling of the leadership of several government agencies in the city. Greer Gillis, director of the general services department – who manages the district's buildings and oversees many lucrative government contracts – will be replaced by Keith Anderson, head of the parks and recreation department. Gillis will be appointed to a position with the D.C. Public Service Commission, which regulates public services. In the absence of Anderson, Delano Hunter will become Acting Director of Parks and Recreation. The chairman of the Public Service Commission and the directors of the Bureau of Planning, the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and the Office of Afro-American Affairs will also be dismissed, the mayor's office said in a statement. press. The Director of Planning, Eric Shaw, will be replaced by Andrew Trueblood, now Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development. Kathryn Roos, now employed by the Ministry of Transport, will replace Seth Miller Gabriel as Director of Public-Private Partnerships. Willie L. Phillips, Member of the Public Service Commission, will replace Betty Ann Kane as Chair. In addition, the director of the Rahman branch of the Office of African American Affairs will be replaced by Thomas L. Bowen, director of the office of the mayor of religious affairs, a position he will continue to occupy. The Bowser administration gave little explanation for the reshuffle. An informed official said the mayor had decided it was time to "take a fresh look" at the work of some agencies. The most visible change is that of the General Service Department, an agency that generated one of the biggest scandals of Bowser's first term. In 2016, the director of the agency – Christopher Weaver, a retired naval rear-admiral – resigned while he said he would have Rashad M. Young, city administrator, is lobbying for the contract to be signed with Fort Myer Construction, one of Bowser's major campaign contributors and other local politicians. .

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