Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said today that the director of the Department of Employment Services has resigned after weeks of turmoil in the city's summer jobs program, which blew its budget by more than $30 million dollars and has been plagued with organizational problems.
The inspector general initiated an audit of the program last month at the request of Council members Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). That report is not expected until September.
In the meantime, council members haven't hesitated to express their disapproval and frustration.
Barry, who started the 29-year-old program in his first year as mayor, has spoken out.
"From all accounts . . . this year is the most mismanaged programmatically and financially in the history of this program," Barry said last week.
Also in this alternate universe: Hizzoner doesn't smoke crack with hookers, he does outreach to get them to change careers.