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Convention Center Authority Hires Convicted Former Barry Official,
Awards High Pay and Perks to Staff,
Authorizes Overseas Trips
February 16, 1998




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February 16, 1998
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A former high-ranking Barry official who pleaded guilty in 1987 to defrauding the D.C. government of $260,000, is serving on the Washington Convention Center Authority financial management team for the proposed new D.C. convention center at Mt. Vernon Square, according to a report by Tom Sherwood on WRC News-4 broadcast Feb. 11. Alphonse G. Hill, a deputy mayor to Marion Barry during the 1980s, is a subcontractor to the WCCA to arrange financing for the largest public project ever proposed by the D.C. government. In the wake of the news report, the Authority said it is investigating the matting.

In addition, the Washington Times reported Feb. 12 that Lewis H. Dawley III, the new general manager of the convention center, is paid $175,000 – more than any D.C. employee – and drives a 1997 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle ("Eddie Bauer Version") at taxpayers' expense. Dawley received a $25,000 signing bonus when he was hired last July.

Dawley was hired in the wake of a scathing report by the D.C. Auditor that investigated the use of public funds for private and political purposes.

Now, internal WCCA documents show a series of foreign trips to Europe and South America by center officials, in addition to purchases of jewelry, golf balls, and massage therapy.

For more information on these expenditures, call the Shaw Coalition at (202) 789-7864. Additional material is available at www.dcwatch.com .

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