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Obama Wants Tangherlini, Top Fenty Aide, for Treasury Job
Albert, 48, said filling Tangherlini's shoes will be a challenge because "the impact of his feet is massive."
The mayor said an announcement about Albert's replacement will be made in the next few weeks.
In an interview, Albert said he has worked closely with the mayor and Tangherlini on several issues, including personnel, so he had a hand in hiring the current Cabinet. "Two and a half years into it, I think we have a great team. I don't predict many changes," he said.
Albert worked in the administration of Mayor Anthony A. Williams as a deputy mayor and as director of parks and recreation.
Before he joined the Fenty administration in 2007, he was co-founder and chief executive of EdBuild, an educational services firm that ran into some controversy when the D.C. Board of Education awarded it a no-bid $57.6 million construction contract. The company has been dissolved.
Albert had little background in development when Fenty hired him to head up the economic development shop.
But he and Tangherlini share similar traits in that they always succeeded in their previous posts, Fenty said.
For months, D.C. Council members and others have privately quipped that Tangherlini was so good at his job that he was the one running the city, not Fenty.
"What time will prove is that statement's false," Tangherlini said in an interview. "The mayor certainly runs the government."