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Vince Gray‘s election defeat left many of his appointees looking for new jobs, but at least they can comfort themselves with stacks of money. The District spent nearly $2 million in severance pay last month, according to District documents obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request, with much of it going to top Gray staffers.
In January, the District spent $1,962,834.84 on severance packages. The money has to be allotted because of a city law that allows to severance packages to cover as much as twelve weeks of pay.
City administrator Allen Lew had the most lucrative package, receiving $56,730.77—nearly a sixth of his $295,000 former salary. Other department heads making Gray’s ouster work for them include ex-chief technology officer Robert Mancini ($41,619.92), former Department of General Services boss Brian Hanlon ($43,846.83), ex-Department of Health director Joxel Garcia ($43,846.86), and former State Superintendent for Education Jesus Aguirre ($43,846.86).
Gray’s deputy mayors didn’t do badly either, with one-time Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith receiving $43,846.83, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander receiving $37,743.56, and ex-Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Beatriz Otero getting $37,743.56.
Muriel Bowser‘s shake-up in the Executive Office of the Mayor is reflected in the severance packages, too. Gray chief of staff Chris Murphy received $36,539.03, while deputy chief of staff (and now Ward 8 D.C. Council candidate) Sheila Bunn received $33,663.17.
Read the full severance package list below:
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