In 2010, D.C. voters passed a charter referendum making the city’s attorney general elected rather than appointed by the mayor. Mr. Nathan is concerned that the elected attorney general will disagree with the elected mayor on various issues. He therefore proposes to take authority away from the attorney general and give it to the mayor.
First, his plan would transfer oversight of all D.C. agency lawyers from the attorney general to the agency directors. Second, it would establish a mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel to coordinate those agency lawyers. Since the mayor would then control both the agency directors and the agency lawyers, this would remove the attorney general from supervising the legal advice being given to each agency.
There are at least three problems with this proposal.