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After reaching outside the D.C. government to fill many of her senior administration positions, Mayor Muriel Bowser has chosen a government insider to lead the city’s planning and development efforts.
Brian Kenner, who has served as Takoma Park’s city manager since 2013, will become D.C.’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development, Bowser spokesman Michael Czin confirms. Kenner previously served as chief of staff to the deputy mayor of that office, known as DMPED, under mayors Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray.
The news was first reported by the Washington Post.
DMPED has traditionally had broad oversight of the city’s development efforts, including the power to guide development of city-owned land and select the teams to carry out the work. But Kenner will have even greater responsibilities: He will also oversee the Department of Transportation, the Department of the Environment, and the Taxicab Commission, Czin confirms.
Bowser’s selection of Kenner nearly completes her senior staff. But at least one development position remains, a role to promote growth east of the Anacostia River.
Photo from Kenner’s LinkedIn page