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Gray wants hiring, promotion freeze

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday he wants Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to immediately freeze hiring and promotions to begin the process of closing a $175 million budget shortfall.

Gray, the presumptive mayor-elect to replace Fenty in January, said he hopes the hiring and spending freeze will be implemented shortly after the fiscal year 2011 budget year begins Friday.

"We want hiring freezes, freezes on promotions," Gray said. "That will help us from the very beginning to try to find the money we want to and as we get into this more, we can remove those freezes."

A spokesman for Fenty was not immediately available to comment. In the coming weeks, Fenty will be charged with sending the council a revised fiscal 2011 budget to account for the shortfall. The council will then be able to modify Fenty's proposal.

But Gray said he's hopeful he and Fenty, who have developed a more cordial relationship in the aftermath of the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, can work together on a revised budget before it's sent to the council.

"In these two weeks we have worked very closely together," Gray said after he taped an appearance on The Q&A Cafe w/ Carol Joynt show. "It's been a good spirit, broadly, so I am hoping we can take the same spirit and translate it into this budget challenge."

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  | September 29, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Budget, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray should be asking the City Administrator, Neil Albert, to stop forcing Fenty's 100k+ excepted service appointees in various government agencies to hide them from impending termination once Gray takes over the city. Appointees that he tells the agencies to "find" something for them to do.

Can you imagine that, paying someone 100k in taxpayer dollars with nothing for them to do.

Just crazy.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Over 3 million dollars can be saved from salaries paid to the so-called Master Educators in DCPS.

Posted by: guylady201001 | September 29, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm with guylady201001...DUMP the Master Educators! Also, DUMP all those extra asst. superintendents Rhee hired this spring and summer who are making 130k+. DCPS is more top-heavy than it's ever been thanks to Rhee and things ARE NOT improving.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | September 29, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Another savings as it relates to employees will be to offer retirement incentatives to start soon after fiscal year start. Amounts between $30,000 to $40,000 will give the eligible 100K folks with expensive benefit packages something to really consider and give the city a savings in salary and fringe benefit costs.

Posted by: DC49 | September 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow! here it comes RIF'S.......



Posted by: drfields | October 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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