D.C. Transportation Director Departs for Metro
He was among a young group of new leaders that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty touted as the "best and the brightest" when he created his cabinet, but now D.C. Department of Transportation Director Emeka C. Moneme is leaving the city government. Moneme, sources said, is taking a new job at Metro as chief administrative officer overseeing human resources, information technology and planning and development for General Manager John Catoe.
The departure makes some deal of sense for Moneme, who had worked at Metro as chief of staff to Dan Tangherlini when Tangherlini was Metro's interim general manager. When Tangherlini joined Fenty as City Administrator, he installed Moneme as the head of the transportation department, which Tangherlini had overseen under former Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D).
Moneme had a mixed run at DDOT. The administration was criticized during the first big snowfall in 2007, when it failed to clear the streets of a slushy mix. But the transportation department's performance this year was much better, in part because Fenty ordered Moneme to get plows on the streets earlier.
The Fenty administration was said to be angered by Metro's grab of Moneme; the news comes with Fenty out of town on vacation this week. But Moneme was said by some government sources to be irked by Fenty's hands-on managing style; if so, that would put him among several other former mayoral deputies who have resigned under frustration, including former Attorney General Linda Singer, former deputy chief of staff Neil Richardson and former constituent services director Merritt Drucker.
By Lena Sun and David Nakamura
David A Nakamura
July 23, 2008; 12:09 PM ET
Categories: David Nakamura , transportation
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