Authors: Carmen Cox
(WASHINGTON) -- The District of Columbia’s often-controversial and always-colorful “mayor-for-life” Marion Barry is hiring.
For $46,350 to $75,000 per year one brave soul can serve as the communications director for Barry, now a D.C. councilman.
Since Barry has been spokesman-free for months, his chief of staff Joyce Clements-Smith has had the tricky task of smoothing over Barry’s recent comment that the “dirty shops” run by Asians in his ward “ought to go” and his lamentation that the area’s clinics were hiring too many Filipino nurses.
His former communications director, Natalie Williams, tried to unseat Barry in last month’s Democratic city council primary. Barry defeated Williams in the primary, paving the way for his second term on the city council.
Qualified candidates to be Barry’s new spokesperson must have at least a bachelor’s degree and live in or move to D.C. Whomever is up to the task “designs and develops a communication plan,” “writes, manages or directs a staff in the writing and dissemination of press releases,” manages Barry’s website and responds to constituent and media inquiries.
Even the Mayor for Life has a sense of humor about his unquestionably challenging job post. Shortly after the position was posted on April 30, Barry tweeted “Seriously … looking for a bright energetic hard worker. Won’t be boring. :)”
“…and obviously not for the faint of heart,” Barry added via Twitter.
Neither Barry nor Williams returned ABC News’ requests for comment.
The four-term mayor is an institution of D.C. politics, albeit a contentious one. Barry, 76, was convicted of cocaine possession in 1990 and served six months in prison. Three years after being released he was re-elected for another term as mayor.
In 2002 he was arrested again after traces of marijuana and cocaine were found in his car, but no charges were filed.
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