Moneme Gets $40,000 Pay Increase
Amid rumors that he was frustrated by long hours and micromanaging by the Fenty administration, here's one good reason why Emeka Moneme is leaving for Metro: He will earn $185,000 a year in his new gig, according to sources, up from the $145,000 he earned at DDOT. Moneme, 35, has four kids.
"Any talk of bad blood is some hyperbole," said Erik Linden, Moneme's former spokesman who now works in the private sector in New Jersey. Moneme "is a very loyal soldier. In a lot of ways, he fits the Fenty profile: young, hardcharging, experienced manager, part of the BlackBerry nation. He works long hours, really committed to the department. This is an example of someone who saw an opportunity and grabbed it."
But some sources said that Moneme was upset by a CapStat session in which he was grilled hard by the administration over whether the transportation department had responded quickly enough to road repair and related issues raised by the mayor's Office of Community Relations.
Neil Richardson, Fenty's former deputy chief of staff who resigned in January citing the boss's unwillingness to accept input from others, said: "I believe that the administration has lost a valuable leader. ... Complex systems like D.C. city government cannot be run well using antiquated systems of top-down management with little input from qualified managers. One thing we were supposed to have learned on our best practices tour and research around the country was that successful mayors and governments build teams through diffused power and authority to make things happen."
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