Nonetheless, Gray decided to take on Fenty, and again Green headed his campaign. Her duties included being a leading authority figure and being involved in the most minute tasks, according to interviews with several campaign workers.
The day after the primary, many workers received letters signed by Green that the campaign would scale back and that they were no longer needed. People who appeared to be volunteers on the campaign, some of them friends of Green, became paid staff members, according to campaign finance records.
Thomas Green said his client had no discussions about and no influence over the money paid to people who worked on the campaign. “The salary and bonus decisions were made by the transition director without Ms. Green’s input or knowledge,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Hall was paid $30,000. Brooks was paid $44,000. Brooks’s neighbor, Leroy Ellis, received more than $60,000 in fees, records show.
When Gray assembled his administration, Hall was hired as a $200,000 chief of staff.
Hall’s son was hired in the Department of Parks and Recreation; Brooks’s son was hired in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; Ellis was hired as a $125,000 special assistant in the Department of Employment Services.
Judy Banks, whom Green recommended to head the Department of Human Resources, was paid $180,000 annually, although she is paid $127,000 in a similar job at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from which she is on leave. Banks, who did not comment about her compensation during a council hear
ing last week, has returned to the convention center.
Gray has said he was unaware that any children other than Green’s daughter had been hired. All of them, except Green’s daughter, resigned. Gray fired Hall.
Banks said at a recent council hearing that she flagged the possible nepotism to other city officials but that she was not responsible for hiring. Ellis did not return a call for comment.
Meanwhile, Green has withdrawn her nomination to chair the Washington Convention and Sports Authority board. She also is expected to testify before the D.C. Council in the coming weeks on the administration’s hiring practices and allegations from Brown, who has been dismissed from his $110,000-a-year job with the Department of Health Care Finance.
A campaign worker, who was told to direct people to a campaign Web site when they asked about jobs, said that he doesn’t believe Brown’s allegations but that the episode had its advantages.
“The good thing is that Sulaimon Brown has caused a house cleaning,” he said.