Fenty uses $495,000 for aides’ severance

December 26, 2010

The Washington Times

Two D.C. Council members are questioning outgoing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s use of $495,000 from a job-training program to provide separation pay for his political appointees.

A spokesman for Mr. Fenty defended the expenditure Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

“The bottom line is that no funds will be redirected from job training to cover costs for severance pay,” Mafara Hobson said in an e-mail. The money, she said, was “surplus” funding in the job training budget.

Council members Michael Brown and Kwame Brown, in a Tuesday letter to the mayor, have asked Mr. Fenty, whose last day in office is Jan. 2, for an explanation of the expenditure.

“In the midst of our current jobs crisis, how can you begin to justify removing resources that are aimed at preparing District residents for sustainable employment?” the council members ask.

The council members wrote that the money transfer “typifies the lack of commitment to workforce development that you have demonstrated over your entire term in office.”

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