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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."

By David A Nakamura  |  July 23, 2008; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  David Nakamura , transportation  
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This might be a raise for the former Director, but the fact of the matter is that despite the long hours etc, the man is not a transportation specialist as is required by the likes of a major metropolitan department of transportation.

Congrats to Moneme, and let's hope the Mayor brings in someone who can lead our transportation implementation program into the 21st Century.

Posted by: Luke | July 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is going to bring in a no-nothing cronny, my mistake, I mean the Mayor (Nickles) is going to bring in a no-nothing cronny.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Moneme is truly one of the elite within the administration! He embraces new challenges, and continues to serve as a role model for all in both his professional and personal life as a parent of four kids. As we are both saddened and elated by the transition, we are reminded, that..."Life is a series of moments, and that living is what you do with those moments"...and when an opportunity is presented, one should take it. He is definitely ready, as his tenure with DDOT, has resulted in major milestones for the agency, and new initiatives that will continue in his absence.

Posted by: District Colleague | July 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is tired of Mayor Fenty's paranoid schizophrenic behavior.

Fenty is so crooked and stupid he makes Marion Barry look like St. Peter.

Posted by: Jonathan R. Rees | July 23, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Will someone please hire Jonathan Rees. He clearly has too much time on his hands. I understand that there are openings in DC's Department of Cliches and Old Saws. Rees; ideal candidate.

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 23, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is upset that Emeka C. Moneme has dumped him and has gone home to his wife and children with $40k more a year.

As far as Fenty is concerned, he is the wife of Emeka C. Moneme!

Posted by: Jonathan R. Rees | July 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Unless you have worked with Adrian Fenty, you have NO IDEA.

Not even his hero Bloomberg governs in the manner of Fenty and Fenty is no Bloomberg.

Bloomberg believes in doing your best to hire the best then let them run their respective agencies with as little executive interference as possible.

Good people can work anywhere, pressuring them only serves, as here, to move them to other opportunities.

Let this be a lessons learned to Da' Mayor.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

This should also be a lesson for David Nakamura who has been a hired liar for Fenty's propoganda!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Discontent against mayor Fenty. you would never know it from the wash Post.

Posted by: RobGreg | July 23, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Residents hired Fenty because they wanted a leader that will hold agencies under the fire to dilver for them. He's doing that. These capstats are designed to put the spotlight on agency directors to make them take action - action that dc residents have been demanding.

If you can't stand the heat, get out the kitchen. That's exactly what Moneme did. Let him go. Fenty is transforming DC whether directors like it or not.

Posted by: From within the system | July 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Director Moneme has served for more than 18 months. To reduce his tenure to a single day or a single CapStat is ridiculous. When the Mayor demaded a lot from Moneme, he, in turn, demanded a lot from his management team; and they delivered. People leave and join organizations every day, and all sorts of things can contribute to those moves. No analysis or reading of tea leaves required. The comments I've read here; facile. It's predictable rants from the usual suspects.

Is there any deferred maintenance in your house or apartment? If so, then you're not perfect. Expect a nasty email from me where I will scold you for your shoddy performance. And no, I don't care about the manicured lawn and the swell granite countertops.

Now, raise your hand if you will accomplish anything today, or ever, that will positively impact the lives of three million people. OK, I'll count the hands: Mayor Fenty, check; Emeka Moneme, check...

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 24, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Residents hired Fenty because they wanted a leader that will hold agencies under the fire to dilver for them. He's doing that. These capstats are designed to put the spotlight on agency directors to make them take action - action that dc residents have been demanding.

If you can't stand the heat, get out the kitchen. That's exactly what Moneme did. Let him go. Fenty is transforming DC whether directors like it or not.

Posted by: From within the system | July 24, 2008 11:48 AM
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Fenty is delivering? Really? The CFO was not able to hold onto 50 Million Dollars and the Mayor supports him, and even wanted to give him a RAISE? The CFSA has horribly overworked social workers (by national standards) but instead of improving the workload, he reaches within the agency and fires the frontline workers following the Jacks' case. Fenty decries government waste yet he uses District taxyapayer dollars to pay for political campaigning in violation of District law. CapStat is not the issue. It is not about a "hotseat". Those are just puppet shows.

Lets put it in private sector perspective. Fenty, as CEO, instead of taking the eagle eye perspective, representing the interests of the Board and Stockholders, instead, hires a director of marketing, accounting, operations, R&D, etc., then turns around and restricts their ability to effectively and efficiently run their operation. In effect, hurting the corporation.

If you are, in fact, from the inside, then you already know that the Mayor was none too pleased to see the departure of Mr. Monome. The Mayor knew that he delivered and had a vision that would move the fairly young DOT to the next level.

The people voted for a product that has not delivered in the Mayor. The people voted for Fenty, not Nickles, to run District government.

It was Adrian Fenty who said he hired the "best and brightest" in Mr. Moneme. It would be none but sour grapes for either he or any of his "servants" to now say he was anything but. Monemy left the District on his own terms. A fact that Fenty, from his history, is certain to resent.

Posted by: Ward 6 For Now | July 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

MICROMANAGEMENT

Monome was an asset. Loyal. Intelligent. Maybe he didn't fit the rabid Fenty EOM bull pen profile.

Fenty is a good leader and a terrible manager. He's idealistic and hard-charging. But he needs to hire the "best and brightest" managers and GET OUT OF THEIR WAY. Communicate the goal, set a few broad boundaries and let the workers figure out the best route from A to B. That's how you lead innovation. Less is more.

I hope he figures it out before he loses any more Monemes.

Posted by: Interested | August 7, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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