Ray Speaks About Removal
Clark Ray said city Administrator Dan Tangherlini called him yesterday and told him to meet at the John A. Wilson Building at 7 p.m.
That's when the director of Parks and Recreation learned that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) wanted to go in a new direction. In other words, he was fired. "I had no idea," Ray said. "But that's what I signed up for. I've been around politics to know what at will means."
The entire transaction took about 15 minutes. "I walked out the door at 7:17," Ray said.
Ray said he did not know what he would be doing next despite Fenty's announcement today that he was going to the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Tangherlini "mentioned" the regional sports commission as a possible new employer, Ray said. "That's a very nice gesture on behalf of the mayor," Ray said.
At a press conference where Fenty announced former principal Ximena Hartsock as Ray's successor, the mayor said he wanted the department to focus on programs.
"I think we did a pretty good job at programming," Ray said. "I am more than willing to stand behind the work."
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