Caroline Jhingory, the neighborhood services aide allegedly fired by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in what LL termed “Chamomilegate,” has a new gig: She’s now an education policy adviser to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry.
Make of that what you will regarding the state of Barry—-Fenty relations.
Yesterday, Jhingory was sitting behind Barry’s nameplate on the council dais during portions of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee‘s council testimony. Jhingory—-a former elementary and high school teacher, as well as consultant to DCPS on special-ed transportation issues—-tells LL that she’s “excited about this opportunity and confident that I will learn a great deal.”
In other council revolving-door news, Desi Deschaine returns to the John A. Wilson Building as Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘ new director of communications. He had been a community liaison for Mayor Anthony A. Williams for four years before taking a PR job with the Washington National Opera. The legendary sociopolitical butterfly replaces Sean Metcalf, who’s now working on the upcoming Eagle Bank Bowl game.
Also in Evans’ office, Logan Circle’s Sherri Kimbel takes the constituent-services post vacated by beloved longtime aide Michele Molotsky, who’s now running senior programs for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Elsewhere in council PR, Mike Price returns to At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown‘s office as press secretary after a stint running Brown’s successful council campaign, and Brandon Todd takes over media duties for Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser from green-team vet Kristen Barden, who’s now executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID. And early last month, former Washington Times reporter David Lipscomb started as Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham‘s latest press secretary.