Who’s the Boss? Nick­les?

The Washington Post - - District - By Yolanda Woodlee and David Naka­mura

Does Peter Nick­les want to be the Dis­trict’s full-time at­tor­ney gen­eral? That ques­tion has been buzzing around since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) named him in­terim at­tor­ney gen­eral in De­cem­ber, af­ter Linda Singer re­signed.

At the time, Fenty said Nick­les, for­merly the mayor’s gen­eral coun­sel, would not seek the per­ma­nent job, in part be­cause he lives in Great Falls. Cabi­net mem­bers must live in the Dis­trict.

But when Nick­les ap­peared Mon­day be­fore the D.C. Coun­cil’s Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Safety and the Ju­di­ciary, he said he would con­sider ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion if Fenty asked him. If nom­i­nated, he pledged to move to the city.

“If the mayor de­cides I can do the job ef­fec­tively, I will sat­isfy the res­i­dency,” Nick­les told the com­mit­tee.

Af­ter the hear­ing, com­mit­tee Chair­man Phil Men­del­son (D-At Large), one of Fenty’s chief crit­ics on the coun­cil, said there’s no way he’d cast a vote to con­firm Nick­les. Men­del­son has been crit­i­cal of Nick­les, say­ing he over­stepped his author­ity as gen­eral coun­sel and made sev­eral un­wise pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tions to the mayor, such as Fenty’s short-lived de­ci­sion to purge gov­ern­ment e-mails.

See NOTE­BOOK, Page 9

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