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Thomas Announces Ward 5 Council Staff, Thanks Ms. Lewis

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    Council of the District of Columbia Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Tommy Thomas, Jr. For Immediate Release January 3, 2011 Contact:  Victoria
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      Council of theDistrict of Columbia

      For Immediate Release
      January 3, 2011
      Contact:  Victoria A. Leonard
      202.727.8204 (desk) -- 202.403.7866 (cell)

      Thomas Announces Ward 5
      Council Staff for Second Term,
      Thanks Outgoing
      Chief of Staff Grace Lewis

      Washington, DC - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. today announced several staffing changes as members of his current staff are targeted for strategic roles in the new administration.

      Stepping down as Chief of Staff is Grace Lewis. "I thank Mrs. Lewis for her four years of dedicated service and commitment to Ward 5. She left a comfortable retirement to work tirelessly on my first campaign, and then returned to the workforce full time to manage my office from 2007 through 2010. She set the tone of professionalism for the staff and provided invaluable leadership. I am deeply grateful to Mrs. Lewis and the thoroughness she brought to all tasks. Her "can do" attitude and strong advocacy for Ward 5 are unparalleled. I look forward to working with Mrs. Lewis in her continued capacity as president of the North Michigan Park Civic Association."

      Ayawna (Chase) Webster will serve as Councilmember Thomas' Chief of Staff. During the Councilmember's first term in office, Mrs. Webster was Director of Constituent Services and served as campaign manager for Thomas 2010. Through these positions, Mrs. Webster demonstrated in-depth management skills, goal attainment, and dedication to Ward 5. Joining Mrs. Webster on the Ward 5 office staff (listed alphabetically) and their positions are:

      ·         Carl Harris, Community Outreach Specialist

      ·         Leonard Howard, Constituent Services Associate

      ·         Nicole Johnson, Director of Community Outreach

      ·         Patricia McLaurin, Executive Assistant

      ·         Sheila Miles, Executive Assistant

      ·         Barry Scott, Jr., Community Outreach Specialist

      ·         Rachael Streeter, Administrative Assistant

       Neil Rodgers, who brings a wealth of experience from his many years in government service, will continue in his role as Councilmember Thomas' Committee Director. James Pittman will continue as Committee Legal Counsel and Legislative Director, and Victoria Leonard as Director of Policy and Strategic Communication.  Committee staff will continue to evolve, along with other key positions.

      Any additional staffing changes will be announced.

      officialphoto.JPGHarry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. represents Ward 5 on the Council of theDistrict of Columbia.

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