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Posted at 8:22 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Hitting pay dirt in the District

By Chris J. Krisinger, Burke

So, Gerri Mason Hall, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s chief of staff, “works 14-, 16-hour days. [“Gray adds top staff and pays them well,” Metro, Feb. 20]. I suspect she works those kind of hours because she has to figure out a way to defend the jumbo increase in salaries for the mayor’s staff and the $1,900-a-month sport-utility vehicle leases for D.C. elected officials [“SUV loaded with buyer’s remorse,” front page, Feb. 20], all while Mr. Gray (D) is telling D.C. residents to “brace for sacrifices” and “higher taxes.”

It requires a suspension of disbelief to understand how the new communications director should get $40,000 more than her predecessor, especially when inflation is next to nothing in this economy. You cannot tell me that in Washington you couldn’t find 100 similarly or better qualified communications specialists who would do an exceptional job and be thrilled to get last year’s salary to do it.

D.C. residents should represent themselves and beat down the doors of city government to re-explain the concept of public service.

Also, Mr. Gray defends the salary increases by saying he wants to attract “quality people to these jobs.” Using similar logic, I wonder: What salary Metro should pay the best escalator and elevator repairman?

By Chris J. Krisinger, Burke  | February 22, 2011; 8:22 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Vincent Gray  
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14 to 16-hour days?! I call BS on that! I bet she puts in about 6 at most and shops for the rest of the day.

Posted by: realist2 | February 24, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

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