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New Mayor Muriel Bowser now has one more appointment to make to her cabinet. Last week, Office of Contracting and Procurement boss James Staton announced that he’s leaving the position, despite having a year left on his five-year term.

Appointed in 2011 by Vince Gray, Staton was entitled to oversee the office until 2016. A District law that guarantees the chief procurement officer can only be fired for cause further insulated Staton from mayoral turnover—-at least in theory.

When LL asked Staton about rumors of his exit before he announced it last week, Staton referred LL to an OCP spokeswoman, who declined to comment on a personnel matter.

Bowser spokesman Michael Czin proved evasive when LL asked whether Staton is taking a severance package in exchange for leaving early.

“As Mr. Stanton indicated in his departure email, he will be moving on from his position with District government,” Czin writes in an email. “We thank him for his service to the District and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Photo courtesy District government