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Mayor names remainder of his cabinet

(Published December 13, 1999)

Almost a year into his administration, Mayor Anthony A. Williams on Dec. 7 announced the appointments of four new deputy mayors and a permanent corporation counsel.

"This has taken a number of months to get the very best people," the mayor said. "I believe this structure will be a more effective way for the cabinet to work. For too long in this government, there has not been an easy mechanism to encourage coordination among agencies.

"I also believe in accountability," Williams said. "Having more team leaders focused on a narrower set of issues obviously will result in better information that will lead to more informed executive decision-making."

Interim chief law officer Robert Rigsby was named corporation counsel and will be responsible for conducting all the legal business of the District of Columbia government, as well as prosecuting certain categories of crime.

Erik P. Christian, the new deputy mayor for public safety and justice, will oversee the Metropolitan Police Department, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Department of Corrections.

Carolyn N. Graham was named deputy mayor for children, youth and families and will oversee the Department of Human Services, Office on Aging, Department of Recreation and the Department of Health.

Eric W. Price, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, will oversee the Department of Employment Services and the Department of Housing and Community Development. Acting City Administrator Norman S. Dong was named deputy mayor for operations and city administrator and will oversee the Department of Public Works, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and District-wide initiatives, performance measures, strategic planning and competitive services.

The mayor also appointed Grace Lopes to be special counsel of receiverships and institutional reform litigation. She will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the mayor’s initiatives to get mental health, housing and foster care agencies out of receivership.

The new appointees’ annual salaries are Norman S. Dong and Erik P. Christian $118,500; Eric Price, $117,291; Carolyn Graham, $105,963; Robert Rigsby, $124,123 and Grace Lopes, $124,843.

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