Councilmember Silverman Statement on DOES Director Odie Donald Interviewing for City Manager Position in Georgia
Posted by Ashley Fox on March 02, 2018 at 4:42 PM
"Last night, I learned from an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that DOES Director Odie Donald II was hired to be the South Fulton, GA, city manager after its city council publicly interviewed Donald by Skype and cast a majority vote in support of his hiring.
It was disappointing to read because Director Donald's likely departure comes at a time when leadership at the agency is critical. Despite our growing economy, unemployment and underemployment, particularly in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, remain stubbornly high. As D.C.'s lead jobs agency, DOES is essential to helping close this opportunity gap and therefore lessen our income inequality. For the $150 million dollars we spend on workforce development every year, we need to measure how successful we are at getting District residents not just jobs but living wage careers. Additionally, I was working with Director Donald on strategic enforcement of our labor laws, so that the agency focused its resources on holding bad employers accountable and making sure our workers get paid fairly.