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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Strange timing from Mayor Gray

Let’s say you’re the mayor of a large city that is currently facing a big deficit. Additionally, your first few months in office were stained by several scandals involving the hiring of allies to high-paying positions. Sounds like the perfect time to ask the city council for some executive pay raises, right?

Well, that’s what Mayor Vince Gray has done -- according to the Examiner, Gray has asked the D.C. Council to boost the salary cap for top administration officials by $100,000. Currently, there are five executive pay grades in the executive office, the highest of which maxes out at $179,000. Gray’s proposal would add two additional grades, one at $225,000, and another at $279,000.

The council, and specifically Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh -- who is investigating the hiring practices of the Gray administration as the chair of the Council’s government affairs committee -- wasn’t too pleased with the request:

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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