Barry wants more men in DOES leadership
D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) publicly lashed out at council member Marion Barry on Monday after her colleague demanded that the head of the Department of Employment Services name a man to her senior leadership team.
At a confirmation hearing for Rochelle Webb, Barry (D-Ward 8) said he was "shocked" to learn that the acting director had yet to name a man to any of the "eight or nine" highest-ranking positions in her office.
"When you hire going forward, there must be some qualified men you can put in key positions in the agency," Barry said he told Webb during the Housing and Workforce Development committee hearing.
Shortly after that meeting, Bowser sent out a Tweet decrying Barry's comments.
"CM Barry insists that new DOES director hire a man as part of her executive team," Bowser tweeted. "Excuse me? I don't remember any fuss w/ all male leadership."
In an interview, Barry said he isn't backing down from his belief that that both men and women should make up the agency's leadership team.
"I sure did say that and don't apologize for it," Barry said. "When there are no men on the labor council, what does that say to the community? That there are no qualified men to hold any of those positions?"
Barry, who served four terms as mayor, said he made sure during his past administrations that at least "52 to 54 percent" of his senior staff was female. Now, he said, agency directors working for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) should strive for the same diversity.
"I demonstrated my commitment," Barry said. "It didn't look right when you saw all female or all male."
Bowser was not immediately available to comment.
| February 14, 2011; 4:20 PM ET
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