Reuben O. Charles II, who is heading up Mayor-Elect Vincent C. Gray's transition, is unlikely to become the new mayor's chief of staff, but could land another role in the administration, several sources close to Gray said.
Charles, a businessman who moved to the District three years from St. Louis, has quickly risen through the ranks of Gray's organization, heightening expectations that he would play a major role in the administration.
After organizing bundlers to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Gray, Charles took over the campaign a few weeks before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. He then headed Gray's general election campaign, which featured a series of town-hall meetings.
Charles currently leads day-to-day operations for Gray's transition team, and jobseekers have been clamoring for his attention. He was featured recently in Washingtonian magazine as someone prominent residents should get to know.
Despite his close-working relationship with Gray, Charles has been battered by a series of media reports about a series of liens and judgments that have been filed against him in other states. Many appear related to his business career.
Although he's being more thoroughly vetted by Gray, the chairman has been telling friends that Charles is not a leading candidate to become his chief-of-staff. It's unclear whom Gray could tap for that position, but sources say Gray most likely won't be making major personnel decisions until after Thanksgiving.