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Vince Gray nominating Irvin B. Nathan as D.C. attorney general

December 16, 2010 - 02:08 PM
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D.C. mayor-elect Vince Gray has announced his planned public safety team, including a new attorney general.

Gray nominated Irvin B. Nathan for the city's top legal job. Nathan comes from Capitol Hill, where he recently announced he was resigning as General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nathan spent 30 years with the Arnold and Porter law firm, where he ran the white collar criminal defense section, and a senior litigator. He's listed as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and has had several stints in government, including as a deputy assistant attorney general.

Gray had often clashed with Mayor Adrian Fenty's attorney general, Peter Nickles. In a statement, Gray's transition office said "Nathan will join me in taking politics out of the office of the attorney general and ensuring that public safety decisions are not clouded by political motives."

Word leaked Wednesday night that Gray would re-appoint police Chief Cathy Lanier and appoint Ken B. Ellerbe as fire chief. Ellerbe worked for D.C. Fire and EMS for 27 years before taking over the department in Sarasota County, Fla.

Gray also announced he will name Paul A. Quander Jr. as his deputy mayor for public safety and justice. Wuander will "coordinate all of the city's public safety and legal sectors," the statement said.

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