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Cheh Introduces Bill to Limit, Screen, and Vet Executive Appointees
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Cheh Introduces Bill to Limit, Screen, and Vet Executive Appointees

 

This notice comes to us from Jay Carmona:

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh today introduced legislation prompted by the recommendations in the report filed by the Special Committee on Investigation of Executive Personnel Practices. The bill will revise the District’s merit personnel system in order to prevent nepotism, cronyism, excessive salaries, and other personnel problems. It would reduce the number of positions in the Excepted Service from 160 to 100 for the Mayor and similarly for other personnel authorities, prevent the Mayor from moving political appointees to the Career Service before and after an election, and make nepotism illegal throughout the District government.

 

“The fact that so many personnel errors were able to occur highlights the need for the Council to take a fresh look at our personnel system,” said Cheh. “I hope that this bill will launch that crucial process.”

 

Other changes the bill would make include raising standards for the Excepted Service, requiring full background and credit checks of appointees, limits on severance pay, travel and relocation expenses, and closing loopholes in salary cap requirements.

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