New DOES Director Is Out (Updated)
Department of Employment Services Acting Director Rochelle Webb is hastily departing District employment, Councilmember Michael A. Brown just confirmed to LL, who would like to thank his tipster for the heads up!
Brown declined to share the details on why Webb is leaving or whether she was fired or resigned. LL will update as those details become available.
Webb's been in the news lately for having a chauffeured driver during her first two months on the job, staying at the W hotel for a month, and because her son was one of a handful of children of top aides in the Gray administration to get city jobs (he later resigned).
Stay tuned for more.
Update: According to sources, Webb was fired.
Update No. 2: The reasons for Webb's firing aren't yet clear. According to one source, the chauffeur, the W hotel, and her son's job had a cascading effect that led to her dismissal.
The Gray administration just put out the following statement, which basically says nothing:
Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray, after consultation with At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown, Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development, has withdrawn the nomination of Dr. Rochelle Webb as the Director of the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Brown’s committee has oversight of the agency.
DOES Operating Officer, Lisa Mallory, will serve as the interim director until the Mayor nominates a permanent director. Mayor Gray thanks Dr. Webb for her service to the residents of the District of Columbia.
Update No. 3:
Here's a copy of Webb's receipts for her month-long stay at the W hotel. Her room cost $181 a night and she never ordered room service or a movie.