Attorney general to move out of Wilson Building
Another sign that the role of the attorney general will be changing under new Mayor Vincent C. Gray: The District's incoming AG, Irvin B. Nathan, will not be working out of the John A. Wilson Building, members of the Gray administration say.
Nathan's controversial predecessor, Peter J. Nickles, worked mainly out of a corner office on the Wilson Building's fourth floor -- 10 yards and a flight of steps from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's bullpen -- even though the bulk of the Office of the Attorney General works out of the One Judiciary Square building at 441 4th St. NW.
Nickles's physical proximity to Fenty came to symbolize what critics saw as an overly close relationship between the city's top legal officer and its chief executive. The AG's office was often a location for the Fenty administration's high-level policy meetings.
Where Fenty and Nickles shared a close personal bond going back years, Nathan had met Gray only days before being named to the job.
In introducing Nathan last month, Gray promised that he would "take the politics out" of the office. At One Judiciary Square, Nathan will be 10 blocks from the Wilson Building and Gray's sixth-floor office suite.
Nathan, who must be confirmed by the D.C. Council, is on vacation and starts Jan. 10.
| January 3, 2011; 5:53 PM ET
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