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A New Manager For Troubled D.C.

Control board names former Texas city manager to a key post

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 23) -- A former city manager from Texas has been named as the District of Columbia's chief management officer by the city's financial control board.

Camille C. Barnett, 48, said her goal is to make Washington, D.C., "the model for the very best cities in the nation. I'm here to fix things, I'm here to make things work, I'm here to do whatever it takes." Barnett now works for the Research Triangle Institute, a consulting firm based near Raleigh, N.C.

Barnett, who reports for work Jan. 15, will make $155,000 a year, about $65,000 more than D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Barry and other local leaders have been stripped of most of their authority as the financial control board works to reform the problem-plagued D.C. government.

Barnett served as Austin, Texas' city manager for six years, and also served in city management positions in Dallas and Houston. In D.C., she will have authority for the city's nine largest departments, including public works, corrections, human services and fire.

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