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Posted at 3:11 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Gray confidant Lorraine Green retires from Amtrak

By Nikita Stewart

Lorraine Green, confidant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), is retiring from her 14-year career as an executive at Amtrak on April 1, but she said she has no plans to join the Gray administration.

Amtrak sent a memorandum to employees Friday that Green would be leaving her job as vice president of Human Resources, Labor Administration and Diversity Initiatives. "Lorraine has served Amtrak with dedication and passion, and I will miss having her here to turn to for advice," Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in the memo. "She has made enduring contributions to Amtrak for which we thank her, and she will be truly missed as she begins a new chapter in her life."

Green, who headed D.C. government personnel during the administration of Mayor Sharon Pratt, was the chairman of Gray's campaign and transition team.

She also previously served as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President Bill Clinton.

Since Gray's election, Green's stature in local politics has been elevated. She is considered one of Gray's closest advisers, though she is not part of his administration. In recent weeks, the Gray administration has been criticized for hiring relatives of top aides, including Green's daughter.

Green said she will not join the Gray administration. She said if that was the plan, "I would have done that."

But Green, who has worked at Amtrak since 1997, said the announcement is about her retirement, not a new job. "It's a good place. It's a good time (to retire)," she said. "You're fortunate when you get to these milestones."

By Nikita Stewart  | March 4, 2011; 3:11 PM ET
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Ummm-Hmmm, yes, retire so she can devote full time trying to take over the Washington Convention and Sports Authority board she was named to by Vincent Gray.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 4, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lorraine,

You may be able to avoid the House oversight hearings which are coming up regarding Amtrak's operations and budget.
At least you can now say that you left on your own.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption1 | March 4, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a "Confidant", and a "Concubine?"

Posted by: fregameeate | March 4, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

A concubine keeps her conquests in strictest confidence.

Posted by: slipuvalad | March 5, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If you believe for one minute that Lorraine Green is retiring “on-her-own” I will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge for $1.00.
Those Republicans who were investigating her office during the summer are just being nice to her and allowing her to retire supposedly on-her-own after 14-years of service to Amtrak.

They are just allowing Amtrak to save face inlight of all of the damaging information that is being surfaced about Lorraine Green. This woman has shown her true colors of dishonesty, meanspiritedness, deceit and her perpensity to lie as soon as it is convenient.

Vince Gray, with "friends" like Lorraine Green, Stephanie Reich and Howard Brooks you surely don't need any enemies!

Posted by: DeRailedGrayTrain1 | March 6, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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