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Agency director placed on leave in wake of insurance scandal

Kelly Valentine, the director of the District agency that failed to pay insurance premiums for disabled employees, was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to a news release.

Last month, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Attorney General Peter J. Nickles announced that a preliminary investigation found that the Office of Risk Management did not transfer $3 million to $6 million deducted from the paychecks of 1,400 city workers to insurance companies to pay their premiums.

The error came to light during employees' testimony at D.C. Council hearings held by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3).

Chip Richardson, the mayor's general counsel, will serve as the agency's new director on an interim basis. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Kai Blissett, deputy director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs.

By Nikita Stewart  |  July 1, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Next stop...Sing-Sing

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 1, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Administrative leave with or without pay? My guess is the former - she's in the FOF clique!

Posted by: missboo | July 1, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd suggest they get rid of the Chief of Staff as well. She is just as culpable as Ms. Valentine for the condition of that office. This should be the first official act of Chip Richardson. Don't keep the baggage. Of Course, the Chief of Staff, IS the college roommate of one Michelle Fenty. She may well be "off limits". At least locally, perhaps the feds can do THAT work for them. Some things you just can't leave to this administration to do. Thinks like work in the best interest of the citizens.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is destroying careers.

They drank too much of the kool aid....

Rhee sealed her future this morning with the anti-Gray comments and broke Hatch laws.

Did I say law. Oversight on my part. The Fenty team don't worry about the rules of law. Nickles just tells them how to work around the law.

Rhee didn't have to go celebrity to be chancellor.

Goodbye blew a good drank too much of the Kool aid too.

Posted by: gordonbundy | July 1, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Kelly if you knew you were going out the door why did you proceed with the rifting employees. You and your corrupt staff members should not have be able and to make any major decisions.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | July 1, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Where does the D.C. government find these people?

Posted by: jckdoors | July 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

She just "couldn't make it work"!

Posted by: fivetogo | July 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Come on now... you know its leave WITH pay and you know her COS is OFF LIMITS. She may get transfered to mess up another agency but she not getting fired... at least not until November that is.

Posted by: tformation1 | July 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The SAD TRUTH is that this is nothing new, this very same problem has been present for at least the last 6-7 yrs. and was brought to the attention of the City Council and the former Mayor at that time. Ms. Valentine was incompetent then and it appears that nothing has changed. She has a history as does this present administration of blaming/firing others to cover their mistakes and lack of actions. Do some research on this Agency, going back approx. 7 - 10 yrs. and you will see that NOTHING HAS CHANGED....ask the claimants and former vendors and they will tell you that the one constant (problem) over that period is Ms. Valentine.

Posted by: spokenword | July 2, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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