Former D.C. auditor Deborah Nichols may be the new nominee to chair the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics after Mayor Vincent C. Gray withdrew his previous choice to head the panel when questions arose about his eligibility.
According to a source with knowledge of the pending nomination, Gray (D) has picked Nichols to fill the post he initially tried to fill with Robert L. Mallett.
He pulled Mallett’s nomination after the administration realized that he did not meet a residency requirement. Mallet, a former city administrator and former deputy mayor, had recently moved to the District from New York. The requirement calls for the nominee to have lived in the District three years prior.
The discrepancy was found by Dorothy Brizill, a blogger and government watchdog.
Nichols, who could not be reached for comment, was auditor for several years before her term was not renewed earlier this year by Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D).