Gray Legislation Would Block Fenty Appointments to UDC Board
(*Updated at 2:20 p.m. with resumes of mayor's appointees.)
Council Chairman Vincent Gray has drafted legislationthat would extend the term of the University of the District of Columbia's Board of Trustees for 180 days, thereby blocking Mayor Fenty's appointments of several new board members. Gray says in the legislation that Fenty's choices "lack the necessary skills and qualifications and would be inappropriate appointments."
The mayor's appointees are: George Simpson, Sean Gough, Marvin Lee, Clarence Labor Jr. and Marcus Ellis.
But the move has outraged the mayor, who sicced Acting Attorney General Peter Nickles on the chairman. In a two-page letter, Nickles warned that improperly vest the council with authority to make appointments and would violate D.C. Code. (Coincidentally, Nickles himself is in the process of a confirmation review by the council, which grilled him Friday.)
"This would amount to the usurpation of the Mayor's exclusive authority to appoint Executive Branch officers," Nickles' letter stated.
In an interview today, Gray told D.C. Wire's Nikita Stewart that "UDC is at a critical point in its history. We need people who can really bring resources that can help the university."
David A Nakamura
October 21, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
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