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Another Top Gray Aide’s Child Lands City Job

If you want to work in the Gray administration, you should ask your parents to get a job in the Gray administration.

Hot on the heels of WAMU's report that the children of Mayor Vince Gray's campaign chairwoman and chief of staff have landed jobs with the cash-strapped District government, comes word that the son of Gray's communication's director, Linda Wharton Boyd, is also now working for the city.

NBC4's Tom Sherwood first broke the news, which LL was just able to confirm. Boyd's son, Milton Harrison Boyd, works at the mayor's office of volunteerism, Serve DC. LL is still trying to track down his official job title and salary.

When asked by Sherwood about all the children hiring, Gray said "I don't think this is nepotism at all." He added that the youthful new hires were plenty skilled and qualified for their new gigs. "I don't think people should be punished when they are capable."

A valid point, but it still looks bad.

  • John

    Simple way to find out if they were not "punished". Were these positions opened for interviews by multiple people who's resumes showed qualification? If his answer is "yes", and they can prove it...we're all good except the optics.

    If they weren't open to an interview process of multiple applicant, we have connections and nepotism by definition.

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  • trulee pist

    If you can't embrace your friends and their families, what's the point of getting into politics at all?

    In the Gray Administration, nepotism is strictly disallowed, except for immediate family members.

  • Sally

    The nepotism hires are being put on the payroll as excepted service, meaning there is NO competitive job offers, there is NO interview of candidates, there is NO open vacancy listing.

    Agencies are on the verge of announcing hundreds of job cuts as a result of budget RIFs, yet they have to make room on their payroll for the Gray cronies and spawn of cronies.

    One City. Zero Standards.

    Oh, and that's DOCTOR Linda Warts Boyd to you! She won't let you forget it either.

  • http://citypaper Tony

    The only difference in Gray and Sharon Pratt Dixon is gender.

  • http://citypaper Tony

    Vincent Gray will be a one termer.

  • samantha

    BEFORE YOU THROW STONES , FIND OUT HOW MANY fENTY fREAKS WERE NOT QUALIFIED, WERE NOT DC RESIDENTS AND WERE FRIENDS AND CHILDREN OF HIS POLITICAL BACKERS FROM NEW YORK AND SACRAMENTO .INTERESTING THAT SOME WERE RELATED TO CERTAIN MEDIA CRITICS OF THE CURRENT MAYOR . CHECK YOUR OWN CLOSET BEFORE YOU TARGET OUR OWN POSITIVE YOUNG PEOPLE . SHERWOOD SEEMS TO HAVE DECIDED TO WALLOW IN THE MUD WITH THE WAPO ATTACK DOGS AND THEIR WANABEES.

  • Skipper

    At what point does the "Fenty did it too" mantra become obsolete? Especially since Gray ran as the absolute anti-Fenty?

  • Southeast Ken

    Two wrongs don't make it right. I disliked Fenty and I am not a big fan of Gray. DC voters didn't have much to choose in the mayoral election. I didn't want to vote for either of these clowns. Fenty turned out to be a monster and Gray will turn out to be another Marion Barry.

  • Typical DC BS

    And DC keeps saying they want to be a state? Just what we'd need, another Chicago or New Orleans, corrupt and incompetent, with one party rule for all.

    Maybe someday DC voters will wake up and realize the DC Democratic party needs some valid competition to keep them on the straight and narrow (as much as any government entity can be).

  • SEis4ME

    Just so I have the story complaint correct, Gray is being criticized for not disallowing people in his administration to hire friends/relatives, regardless if they're qualified or not?

    Politicians/gov't officials don't hire friends/relatives? Really?

    @Sally, serving in the ES does not exclude you from being interviewed. Not sure where you got that from.

  • Tom

    Are there no actual articles on what the government is actually doing? Taxes, Food Truck laws, crime, Bond ratings, council hearings etc. Or at the very least find the ones that are not qualified and bash them like they were Adrian Fenty! You all know, top donors and bundlers get nice appointments and those connected are able to get into top jobs. Name one government in this country where that is not the case. Even the Obama administration is full of ivy league alums because of networking.

  • truth&honor

    Every Mayor in every City has done this for years!
    Hiring friends of friends and relatives. I really do not have a problem with it as long as they are QUALIFIED for the position. Unlike Ms. Cherita Whiting... most of the other people hired has credentials.

    While I am talking about credentials.....Tell Mr. Biddle
    to go home and shut up! Go back to teaching is your best bet! Please save us tax payers time and energy.......BIDDLE DROP OUT OF THE RACE!

  • http://jenmum@vzw,blackberry.net Disappointed Volunteer

    What we are missing is just how qualified these kids are and how they can benefit the government. At point, please provide me a chart of how much these kids were making before Vince hired them.

    I am hearing that Vince is doubling salaries and thats just not fair.

    for example, Cherita Whiting's salary almost doubled from 35 to 65..

    i saw one report stating that Leslie Green was at best making 59K now she is in the 100s.

    The chief of staffs son was making 29k now is making 85k?

    Irony is none of these characters volunteered for his campaign!! Pardon we saw Leslie but mostly at the bars... remember guys? She was bar hopping!!

    Thanks Vince- this really shows great Character, Integrity and Trust

    Marion Barry never did this... he never believed in paying anyone much!! This is Sharon Pratt Kelly.... We are in trouble!!

  • Amanda Broadnax

    I wonder if Gray will utilize the First Source Law for contracts, given his back pedaling on campaign promises.... I'm not the least bit shocked by Mayor Gray antics in the first 100 days, mind you. This is going to be a long four years.....

  • drez

    The nepotism hires are being put on the payroll as excepted service, meaning there is NO competitive job offers, there is NO interview of candidates, there is NO open vacancy listing.

    To be more precise, there may be but there need not be. Excepted Service is Excepted from the standard hiring process. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

  • tony

    So what Mayor Gray hired his friends. Who should he hire---his enemies? The people he hired are well qualified for the positions. What bothers me is that this is a practice that nearly every politician in this country engaged in and have since the beginning of time. However, it seems that when black politicians do the same very thing that white elected officials do, it then becomes a huge scandal. Clearly, Mayor Gray has not invented the wheel when it comes to hiring his people. So, I get sick and tired of white folks and the silly blacks who try to discredit otherwise good politicians. Unfortunately, what people miscalculate is that such biased attacks only make black politician like Mayor Gray more popular amongst his own and he becomes almost unbeatable in future elections.

  • DC Voter

    Local boy makes good and old Vince wants to make sure all his buds and their kids make good. Thank God for DC taxpayers!

  • atTony

    @Tony,
    Are yur that blind? Gray is a crook.

  • DrClifford Thomas@PGCRec

    What

  • DrClifford Thomas@PGCRec

    I might be gay, teach karate @ Bladensburg Community Rec in PeeGee County, harass and molest parents and kids,sit on my tail most of the class; cause I got bad knees but the money is good for Mayor Gray and our friends in the right place.
    We love to take advantage of the. voters, while I might have graduated from Eastern and Gray Dunbar HS we love to exploit the dumb and ignorant Blacks in this area.
    My name is Dr.Cliffag Thomas and I need to be fired and investigated real soon, you'll remember the other karate guy from PG who went to jail for raping his students a few years back. I am too deep in kids business and should stop reading their report cards in public to strangers and pray nothing happens...yeah right!

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  • MsCee

    D.C. government has always been and still is the worst! One bad mayor after another. One bad administration after the other. Remember Tony Williams? They need to give D.C. back to MD. or VA., maybe they can run it better.

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