Incoming Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray has unveiled his public safety team, reappointing Cathy Lanier as police chief, luring a well-respected lawyer from Capitol Hill to be attorney general and nominating a controversial former fire commander to be the city’s next fire chief, the Washington Post reports. Gray also tapped a new deputy mayor for public safety, a position cut by departing Mayor Adrian Fenty. Paul A. Quander Jr., head of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, will fill that position and oversee the new administration’s efforts to coordinate crime fighting and homeland security efforts.
Gray presented a racially balanced team that includes several veterans of local government, as well as a surprise choice in the naming of Irvin Nathan, a former deputy U.S. Attorney General, as attorney general. Several D.C. Council members praised Gray’s selections, predicting an easy confirmation process. Police and fire union officials condemned the reappointment of Lanier and for the selection of Kenneth Ellerbe as chief of Fire and Emergency Services.