Bellamy and Nicholson are the two men in ties. Photo by DDOT DC on Flickr.
A source in the DC government just passed along the news that District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy and Chief Engineer Ronaldo “Nick” Nicholson are leaving the agency.
We don’t yet have information on exactly when they will leave, or where they are going. This is another step in what is likely to be a long string of high-profile departures. Nicholas Majett, head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs which enforces regulations, is also stepping down.
Under Bellamy’s leadership, DDOT has not made progress on a lot of important initiatives — cycletracks, bus priority, residential parking, trails, and much more. Still, will this mean DDOT will achieve even less for the remaining nine months of Mayor Gray’s term?
A lot will depend on who Gray picks to run the agency in the interim. He chose former planning director Ellen McCarthy to run the Office of Planning after Harriet Tregoning. McCarthy has had the job before, and knows the lay of the land (literally and figuratively). She did a good job under the Williams administration.
Planning will at the very least keep moving along in a positive way for the rest of 2014, and maybe McCarthy can spearhead some important initiatives that wouldn’t have gotten as much attention otherwise or which are more politically palatable in a lame duck administration.
Is there a similar figure for DDOT?
Overall, having the primary on April 1 was a bad idea, and not just because of low turnout, which Gray cited in his concession speech. Despite Gray’s statements that he will keep working hard to improve the District for the rest of his term, many of his political appointees are already looking for new jobs.