Mayor Vincent Gray's decision to withdraw his nomination of Robert Mallett as chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics came amid concerns that Mallett, who recently moved to D.C. from New York, might not be eligible for the position because of a residency requirement. Under District law, board members must reside in the city for three years before serving.
Mallett is a city administrator and former deputy mayor. Gray had announced his appointment of Mallett to the three-member elections board last week. And earlier this month, Gray's deputy chief of staff resigned, following revelations that she had voted in D.C. last year when she had lived in Maryland.