The mayor’s office made the announcement via a news release Wednesday evening. “Deborah Nichols is an outstanding public servant with a broad understanding of the District’s laws,” Gray said in the statement. “Under her leadership, I expect the BOEE to discharge its duties effectively and efficiently.”
Most recently, Nichols was the city’s auditor, and had served in various posts in that office since the early 80s. Her nomination requires D.C. Council approval.
Gray withdrew his previous choice to head the panel when questions arose about his eligibility.
Robert L. Mallet’s nomination was pulled after the administration realized that he did not meet a residency requirement. Mallet, a former city administrator and former deputy mayor, had recently moved to the District from New York. The requirement calls for the nominee to have lived in the District three years prior.
The discrepancy was detected Dorothy Brizill, a blogger and government watchdog.