Loose Lips

DDOT Director Terry Bellamy Leaving Lame-Duck Gray Admin

Vince Gray and Terry Bellamy

A week after Vince Gray's primary loss, his lame-duck administration has already lost two agency heads. News broke yesterday that Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs boss Nicholas Majett is ditching the District for Prince George's County, and now District Department of Transportation head Terry Bellamy is also leaving, according to D.C. Council transportation committee chairwoman Mary Cheh and a Gray administration official speaking to LL on background.

DDOT chief engineer Nick Nicholson is also leaving the agency, according to Cheh. Both DDOT and the Gray administration didn't respond to immediate requests for comment about Bellamy and Nicholson's employment status.

Speaking outside today's Council meeting, Cheh wondered how many Gray agency heads would stick around for the nine months before a new administration.

"We're in for a difficult time and this is just a harbinger of that," Cheh said.

While it's not clear what's next for Bellamy, LL expects we'll find out tomorrow morning, when Bellamy and Gray will launch the District's pothole repair campaign at a press conference at the corner of Benning Road and G Street SE.

Photo by Flickr User DDOTDC, Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

  • DCShadyBoots

    If Cheh has it her way, you won't recognize DDOT in a year. She is hoping to expand what is the District bureaucracy with yet another agency dedicated to parking.

  • asuka

    @ DC

    Cheh is a absolute loon. It says a lot about Ward 3 that they keep electing that crackpot.

  • Ward One Resident

    I don't mean to be a stickler, but didn't Mary Cheh introduce the legislation moving the primary to April (it could have been as late as mid-August) in the first place? And now she's concerned about a problem she created? And that, right there, sums up our local electeds.

  • M in DC

    Is that true that the April primary is Cheh's fault? How did we end up in this mess again?


    @ward 1 resident- Exactly, this is what Cheh authored and engineered by moving the primary to April. IDIOTS!!

  • Ward One Resident

    Per the federal MOVE Act, the primary had to be moved (as did others in many states) to accommodate military and overseas voters. The primary could have been moved to any time D.C. wanted to hold it before the third(ish) Tuesday in August. Cheh was head of Gov't Ops committee when this leg was approved (and I'm fairly certain she intro'd it). If I remember correctly, they chose April because they wanted to be relevant during the presidential primaries without holding two separate elections (presidential preference and local) like we did in 2008 (super expensive). Here is how the primaries break down for the 50 states plus DC and USVI

    March: 2
    April: 1
    May: 11
    June: 18
    August: 16
    Sept.: 4 (and they are going to have to deal w/ the Feds)

  • DCShadyBoots

    The date of the primary was a disastrous idea. You will see a massive brain dump at the top of city agencies MONTHS before the general election with nobody willing to come in to fill those rolls UNTIL after the election. We have nine months folks.

    With two outgoing "lame duck" council members (Graham, Wells) and two general election contenders (Bowser, Catania) all sitting on the dais, it is sure to be one ole' embarrassing drama that will make BRAVO TV blush. I look for Catania to make Ms. Bowser look dumb every time he gets an opportunity, and I look to Ms. Bowser rolling her eyes and swinging her neck in response.

  • blkwrestl

    OK, are the directors of Mental Health,CFSA and YSA next?

  • DCShadyBoots

    All but those who have nowhere else to go will be leaving. You will be left with their deputies running these agencies until after the election. God help us.

  • Corky

    Everyone at DDOT should resign. I have never seen a transportation agency more dedicated to making traffic and life more miserable for the residents and commuters. I just don't get what they think they are doing but it sure isn't making traffic flow any better.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    Will DPW Director William Howland be next?

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    DC residents are doomed........

    A Catania or Bowser administration will be like being in hell.....

  • Miss Lu Lu Hogg

    Fire Chief Ellerbe should resign and leave too.

  • DCShadyBoots

    @Corky, it is difficult to get around the District, but it isn't fair to blame the government. It was not designed to accommodate the density of people that are living and working here. As well, there is alot of development going on around the city that impacts traffic. Call it "growing pains".

  • DCShadyBoots

    @Daddy Grace, we have already had a taste of what a Bowser Administration would be like. Just take a look at all the people she has surrounded herself with. They are the exact same people as the Fenty Administration. My opinion, that whole crew is too divisive and would be a terrible setback.

    I've given myself permission to learn more about David Catania; aside from his surlyness. Hell, Rahm Emmanuel is quite surly. I'll measure the candidates on their accomplishments first and vision. Then I'll vote accordingly.

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  • mona

    Hoping the head of DYRS is next. Absolute shyster.

  • http://www.point101.com/create-photo-book Photo Girl

    It'll certainly be interesting to see how this one develops!

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