Regional digest: D.C.’s CFO search; man shot; power outages

July 8, 2013
THE DISTRICT
CFO candidates to be interviewed

A search committee tapped by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to identify the city’s next chief financial officer is preparing to interview at least a half-dozen potential candidates, the co-leader of the effort said Wednesday.

Alice M. Rivlin, the Brookings Institution fellow and former presidential budget director, said “six to eight” candidates are under consideration as the process moves to the interview stage. Rivlin and former mayor Anthony A. Williams are leading the blue-ribbon search committee, which will make recommendations to Gray, who will then select a nominee for D.C. Council confirmation.

Rivlin said those in the running to become the city’s fourth CFO since the office was created in 1997 include candidates with private and public-sector experience.

Meanwhile, it appears the search team is attempting to sweeten the incentives for the candidates. The D.C. Council on Wednesday will take up a bill authorizing the mayor to pay the new CFO up to $250,000. That’s a 20 percent raise over the earnings of current CFO Natwar M. Gandhi, who will retire once his replacement is confirmed.

— Mike DeBonis

Man hurt in shooting just north of Capitol

A man was shot and wounded Monday afternoon on a neighborhood street about a mile north of the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.

D.C. police were sent about 3:40 p.m. to North Capitol and P streets NW to investigate a shooting, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman. They found a man with a gunshot wound on a sidewalk.

The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Police think he was shot about two blocks away on Bates Street NW.

No reason for the shooting was known, though it appeared that the shooting was unrelated to a drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street earlier this year, in which more than 10 people were injured.

— Clarence Williams

Outages again hit Shaw, Logan Circle

More than 2,700 Pepco customers lost power Monday afternoon, the second day in a row that thousands of the utility company’s customers were left without electricity on a hot, humid afternoon.

Pepco reported 42 outages in the District and Maryland as of 6:30 p.m. Monday. The main outage, however, was in the Shaw area and near Logan Circle, the same sections affected the day before.

Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said that a feeder adjacent to the one that failed the day before failed about 2:15 p.m. Monday, causing the sudden outage. He did not know whether the breakdown was related to the previous day’s problem or repair.

Power was expected to be restored by the evening.

— Julie Zauzmer

MARYLAND
Raccoon attacks seen in Ocean City

Public health officials say 18 animals in Worcester County have tested positive for rabies this year and say there are reports of aggressive raccoons attacking people and pets in Ocean City.

The Worcester County Health Department said Monday that 15 other animals suspected of having rabies have been in contact with people or pets. Officials are urging that residents immediately report aggressive or threatening wildlife to law enforcement or animal control.

Officials reminds residents that state law requires vaccination against rabies for all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 4 months.

— Associated Press

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