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Fenty To Weigh In on Summer Jobs Program

The mayor has been away, so he missed all the payday pandemonium for the summer jobs program, when thousands of student workers got underpaid, not paid at all---and in some cases, reportedly overpaid. As Michael Birnbaum writes this morning, it was City Administrator Dan Tangherlini who got the pleasure of working through all of those issues.

But Fenty isn't one for not having his say. The mayor is holding a news conference this afternoon at Benning Terrace in Southeast to give an update on the program. He'll be accompanied by several administration officials, including Summer Spencer, director of the Department of Employment Services, which runs the jobs program.

By Marcia Davis  |  July 28, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Here is what to expect from the Mayor. He has directed Summer Spencer to fire two of her employees or he would fire her. Of course, you won't get all those details, but that is, reportedly, what happened on his return. She is the director of this agency, and she approved a program change midstream that resulted in students not being paid or overpaid. She has been given the option of scapegoating two of her employees, at the Mayor's direction or loosing her job. Now, what do you think her choice will be?

The Mayor is so transparent. His M.O. is clearly discernable at this stage. He scapegoats frontline workers to cover his inept agency appointments.

Posted by: Ward 6 For Now | July 29, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised Mr. Fenty did not fire Ms. Spencer. While I think she may be competent, (because you slip, this does not make you incompetent or a bad manager, maybe just young and experienced), she needs space to make decisions and to grow in her management style without the young master hanging over her.

He fires at the drop of a hat. So what is this about? I am not advocating she be terminated, I am asking Mr. Fenty to demonstrate consistency. Seems like it is okay to plagiarize and waste millions of tax payer dollars. Go figure?

Posted by: Ward 2 Resident | August 10, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

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