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Reuben Charles unlikely to be Gray's chief of staff

By Tim Craig
Washington Post Editors

Reuben O. Charles II, who is heading up Mayor-Elect Vincent C. Gray's transition, is unlikely to become the new mayor's chief of staff, but could land another role in the administration, several sources close to Gray said.

Charles, a businessman who moved to the District three years from St. Louis, has quickly risen through the ranks of Gray's organization, heightening expectations that he would play a major role in the administration.

After organizing bundlers to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Gray, Charles took over the campaign a few weeks before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. He then headed Gray's general election campaign, which featured a series of town-hall meetings.

Charles currently leads day-to-day operations for Gray's transition team, and jobseekers have been clamoring for his attention. He was featured recently in Washingtonian magazine as someone prominent residents should get to know.

Despite his close-working relationship with Gray, Charles has been battered by a series of media reports about a series of liens and judgments that have been filed against him in other states. Many appear related to his business career.

Although he's being more thoroughly vetted by Gray, the chairman has been telling friends that Charles is not a leading candidate to become his chief-of-staff. It's unclear whom Gray could tap for that position, but sources say Gray most likely won't be making major personnel decisions until after Thanksgiving.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  | November 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Comments

Hopefully, this WP article is true. Mayor-elect Gray does not need someone irresponsible to be his chief of staff. There are qualified candidates in the District of Columbia who have worked for him and I believe that he will rely on his wisdom and experience and select a person with a proven track record of serving the public and not someone looking for a way to make a dollar off the public till.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | November 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of private public jobs that the Mayor has control over...ie (but not a recommendation) but the Children's Youth Investment Trust.

I think Reuben's acumen for raising money should go to an outside board.

I will not lie--as an early supportor of Mayor Gray--I had received some dark looks about the possibility of Charles being the next Chief of Staff.

Posted by: CultureClub | November 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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