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Posted at 5:27 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Robert Bobb ready to get back in the D.C. mix

By Mike DeBonis


Among those who witnessed Sunday morning's swearing-in of new District leaders was Robert C. Bobb, the former city administrator and school board president who is now emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools.

Make no mistake, Bobb is still very much on the local political scene. He had kind words for Mayor Vincent C. Gray after his inauguration speech: "He's given the right message. We're in for hard times."

Bobb's days in Detroit are numbered, with his contract expiring and a new Michigan governor entering office. He expects his term to end no later than June. And then he'll be heading back to D.C., where he still owns a home -- and enjoys strong relationships with city power brokers.

Bobb, who has been mentioned as a potential schools chancellor should Kaya Henderson not work out, is looking to get back in the mix one way or another. "This is my home," he said, adding that he'd spoken to Gray's head of boards and commissions, Ronald Collins, about potentially serving when he gets back to town.

"If there's a board or commission where my expertise can be beneficial, I'm for that," he said.

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for The Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis  | January 5, 2011; 5:27 PM ET
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I hope whomever Gray selects as chancellor is thoroughly vetted. It that is done, then Bobb shouldn't be selected and that's a good thing. He's record in Detroit is less than stellar.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 5, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Please leave that arrogant Bobb right where he is and give Kaya Henderson the same chance that Michelle Rhee was given.

Posted by: merrimac238 | January 5, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Bobb was a very effective City Administrator in D.C. A bit too susceptible to backroom cronyism deals, like Fenty, but he didn't lack the competence that Fenty did and he worked for a smart Mayor.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 5, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Robert Bobb's record as the state-appointed emergency financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools is troubling. The Detroit Board of Education recently won a lawsuit against Bobb. The suit accused Bobb of exceeding his authority as financial manager by also making decisions regarding school closures and curriculum in the school system.

DC does not again need public school officials who will ignore community representatives.

Could Bobb's interest in a job in DC be related to tenuous tenure in his Detroit job?

Posted by: pierz | January 8, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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