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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Gray makes more appointments

By Nikita R. Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated a former commissioner of public health and a former adviser to two Virginia governors to oversee health and health-care finances in his new administration Friday.

Mohammad Akhter, the District's public health commissioner in the early 1990s, will return to his former duties with a new title as director of the Department of Health -- a job he said will expand to include connecting D.C. residents to local health-care jobs.

Meanwhile, Wayne Turnage, former chief of staff to then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) and a one-time adviser to former Virginia governor Mark Warner (D) on Medicaid and insurance reform, will run the city's Health Care Finance Agency, which handles more than $2 billion in local and federal funds annually.

The appointments capped Gray's first week on the job as mayor and contributed to a mix of familiar and new faces to his administration.

He also named Antonio D. Hunter as his nominee for director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development. Before he took a job managing the participation of disadvantaged business on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project for a private company, he was a division director in the city's DSLBD. In addition, Linda Wharton Boyd, former director of communications under then-Mayor Marion Barry (D), will be Gray's director of communications.

"As I have emphasized in announcing other talented professionals already on board, these individuals are team players with extensive backgrounds," Gray said at a news conference at the John A. Wilson Building.

By Nikita R. Stewart  | January 7, 2011; 12:19 PM ET
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Comments

Mayor Gray needs to appoint a new Human Services (DHS) Director and new DHS Administrators, as well. DHS is rife with incompetent managers and their (often ignorant and poorly educated) cronies from top to bottom.

This contriibutes to the dysfunctional manner that this department has been operating in over a long period of time--from one administration to the next--no one ever sweeps it out.

Posted by: stupidcity | January 7, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

DC Voters and the public should know that many Department of Human Services (DHS) managers have no formal management educations or college backgrounds--some with barely GED skills--but move through the management ranks due to cronyism and friendship connections, and can not be removed from the positions they are UNQUALIFIED for due to these cronyism ties. Some have multiple EEOC, DC Office of Human Rights, Unusual Incident Reports, and other complaints lodged against them--yet are not removed due to cronyism.

There have even been (2) DHS Administrators, Van Alstyne Bowe and Sharon Cooper-Deloatch who are both former FILE CLERKS with absolutely NO credentials to support EXECUTIVE placements; so that there is a legacy of incompetence and cronysim within these agencies that persists to this day. The agencies continue to suffer the effects of this chronic. long-term mismanagement.

Posted by: stupidcity | January 7, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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