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City of Phoenix finance chief to be nominated for DC post

WASHINGTON -- The chief financial officer for Phoenix will be nominated to the same post in Washington, said District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray.

Gray announced his nomination of Jeffrey DeWitt on Thursday. DeWitt has served as Phoenix's chief financial officer since 2009 and has worked for the city's finance department since 1994. In Phoenix, DeWitt managed a $3.4 billion budget. Washington's city budget is approximately $10 billion, despite being a smaller city.

Phoenix has a population of approximately 1.4 million according to the 2010 census. The District of Columbia is home to approximately 600,000 according to the census.

In a statement, Gray called DeWitt a skilled manager and leader and cited his experience "working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city's bond ratings."

DeWitt has a bachelor's degree in geology and earth science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. and a master's degree in water resource management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. He was one of several candidates recommended to the mayor by a search committee headed by former Washington Mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin.

DeWitt would replace Natwar M. Gandhi, who is stepping down after more than a decade.

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