Robin-Eve Jasper will leave D.C. Department of Real Estate Services
A key agency head for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has announced that she is leaving her job ahead of Vincent Gray's Jan. 2 ascent to the mayoralty.
Robin-Eve Jasper, director of the Department of Real Estate Services, will leave her post at the end of next month, vacating a little-publicized but powerful post in the city bureaucracy.
Washington City Paper's Lydia DePillis first reported rumors of Jasper's departure this morning. Jasper confirmed the news in a brief interview.
Jasper joins Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Attorney General Peter Nickles, Fire Chief Dennis Rubin and District Secretary Stephanie Scott in announcing her departure.
When she started, Jasper's department was called the Office of Property Management; last year, its name was changed to reflect the rather broad responsibilities involved in managing more than 20 million square feet of office space.
Under her watch, the city moved to consolidate its leased space -- a politically tricky ordeal when much of that space is leased from politically connected developers. Jasper also began an effort to systematically review and enforce the city's long-term leases -- an effort that netted more than $1 million and won publicity this month after Nickles took aim at developer and Fenty foe R. Donahue Peebles. The department has also been ground zero in the Fenty administration's efforts to reduce the government's "fixed costs" of doing business, and Jasper inherited controversial and troubled ventures, including the rebuilding of Eastern Market, the construction of a forensics laboratory and a costly lease on the former Washington Star printing plant on Virginia Avenue SE.
Before joining the real-estate department, Jasper was a top aide to Deputy Mayor Neil Albert, who is now city administrator. Jasper came to city government after a career as a development attorney and executive; she declined to discuss what she'll be doing next.
| November 30, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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