Former D.C. City Council member Jerry A. Moore Jr. has been named chaplain of the D.C. Jail, city corrections department offcials announced yesterday.
Moore, one of two finalists in the running for the $30,888-a-year post, said in a brief interview last night that he will report to the corrections department for a briefing today.
"I just take everything in stride," Moore said about his new job. "It is a Christian job that needs to be done. I want to help this city anyway I can."
Moore, who left the council in December after an unsuccessful campaign to retain the seat he held for 15 years, said earlier that he had applied for the job of providing social and spiritual counseling to inmates because he has dedicated his life to helping people.
"As a Christian clergyman, I will serve wherever I am called to serve," said Moore, a Baptist minister who has been the pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church for more than 30 years. "I will go where God sends me."
Moore, 66, and Isaiah Webb, a corrections department captain who is also a minister, were the only applicants recommended by the city personnel office. The previous chaplain, June Lee Jefferson, retired.
Webb, who started working at the jail in 1973, said before yesterday's announcement that he felt flattered he was even interviewed for the job.