Gray Retains Several Fenty Appointees, Including Harriet Tregoning at Office of Planning
Friday, Mayor-elect Vince Gray announced seven appointees, five of whom served in that same role under current Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Gray has been steadily rolling out his appointees for his new administration. Though several Fenty agency heads received pink slips, most notably the directors of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Gray has chosen to retain a few as well. Thursday, Gray announced that Police Chief Cathy Lanier would continue in that role. Today, gray announced seven additional appointment, five of whom will continue in a role they served in under the Fenty Administration.
All seven appointees have served the District government in some prior capacity. "I value their institutional knowledge, commitment and dedication to the District of Columbia and its people," said Gray in a prepared statement.
One of the more controversial retentions was that of Harriet Tregoning as the Director of the Office of Planning. Tregoning, along with DDOT Director Klein, had been the focus of a letter from preservation groups such as the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. The Committee wrote, that Tregoning demonstrated a "lack of respect for community input in planning decisions." Tregoning received support from progressive elements of the planning community.
The appointees are:
- Harriet Tregoning will continue to serve as Director of the Office of Planning;
- Nicholas A. Majett will be the Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). He previously served as the agency's Deputy Director since 2006;
- William O. Howland, Jr. will continue to serve as the Director of the Department of Public Works;
- Lucinda M. Babers will continue to serve as the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles;
- Soohyun "Julie" Koo will continue to be the Executive Director of the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs;
- Ronald R. Collins, the Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions, a role he held until Gray appointed him to a position on the District Council;
- Eric E. Richardson will continue to serve as the the Director of the Office of Cable Television (OCT).