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Spotlight On: Jeremy Bennett

Here at DCRA’s Summer Youth Program we have a lot of good workers, so we decided to show off one in particular! His name is Jeremy Bennett and this is his second year working with us. In this interview we are asking questions about how he’s spent his time here and what has changed from this year to last year. Enjoy!


Spotlight on: Mr. James Gray

Over the past few weeks of the summer youth program here at DCRA,

James Gray

James Gray

members of the communications team have been going around to different departments trying to gain a full perspective on how the agencyworks. One of these trips was to the DCRA office located at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue–better known as D.C. General.

While on this visit, we learned how the inspection process works, and why it is such a vital part of not only DCRA, but the entire city as well. One of the supervisors of inspections is mister James Gray.  Mister Gray is the head supervisor of inspections and compliance for wards 5 and 6 in the District.  He overlooks a team of ten employees who are responsible for inspecting and making sure all plumbing, electricity, and construction is done properly. He has been working with DCRA for 22 years, and says that he loves his job. The biggest reward he gets from his job is knowing that his work directly benefits the community in a positive way.

One of the keys for his department’s success during his time here is good team work. He mentioned that without good team work from his employees, the process of inspecting all properties in wards 5 and 6 would be nearly impossible.

Although mister Gray already has a lot of responsibilities as a head supervisor, his job title does not end there. During the past few years mister Gray has also become a member of D.C.’s emergency response team. This means that during any terrorist attacks or natural disasters, it is mister Gray’s responsibility to help with the assistance of other emergency personnel to try and keep the city under control.

–Willis Bradwell

Spotlight On: Monae Sheffield

Monea Sheffield

Monae Sheffield

This week, I would like to shine the spotlight on summer youth worker Monae Sheffield. Monae is 15 years old and attends Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C. This upcoming school year, Monae will be entering the 10th grade. She is a very intelligent young lady who loves to read. Her favorite subjects are math and science and she has had the honor of receiving a scholarship for science and human health. Monae has also competed in and won a science fair.

Here, at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Monae is excelling in her work. She has joined the Customer Service division, and is showing exemplary behavior in every task that she has been assigned. During my interview with Monae she gave me an overview of her normal day which consists of handling correspondence calls, scanning and making copies. She expressed her excitement for the up and coming weeks because she will have the opportunity to begin scheduling inspections. Monae also spends a lot of her day with DCRA employee Nikkia Greene. She sits at the front desk of the director’s office. Monea stated that she enjoys working there and she is also aware that the opportunity is a privilege. Working at the front has given Monae the opportunity to enhance her office skills such as; operating telephones, assisting customers and scheduling meetings.

Monae would define herself as great person who enjoys a challenge. She stated that she does not mind picking up slack for her team members. She believes in working together for the betterment of her group or team members. Monae plans to go to college. She wants to attend Princeton, Harvard or Georgetown University and she wants to become a lawyer. She also wants to obtain a degree in business. One day she wants to open a homeless shelter for women and children. She enjoys working for DCRA and is well aware that the techniques and skills that she will learned this summer is to benefit her later in life. She plans on using the knowledge she gained as a tool in high school and throughout her future.

–Dajah Blackwell

Spotlight On! Supervisor, Kevin B. Carter

Part of an on-going series of articles highlighting adult and youth supervisors working for the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs.


Kevin B. Carter, Supervisor--Investigations

Kevin B. Carter, Supervisor--Investigations

The difference between a Supervisor and a great Supervisor is reputation. Supervisor, Kevin B. Carter, has a reputation that precedes him greatly. What distinguishes him from other Supervisors is that he does what he does, not for any material gain, but for the improvement of the city.

Mr. Carter has been with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) since 1985. He started out in the department of recreation at DCRA. Currently, he maintains the position of Supervisor Investigator, where his role is to be a team leader. “I’m like a coach, and they’re the players,” Mr. Carter used this comparison to describe the relationship between him and the employees he oversees.

With the help of his team, they provide investigative help to the different buildings in the District. From basic business licensing to complaints, Mr. Carter deals with it all. He makes sure that his team is proactive in what they do, and that the needs are met. The amount of responsibilities that they have is endless. Under the division of  Investigations, there are so many things that be can be put under that wide scope.

Mr. Carter says that one of his greatest accomplishments has been the Division of the Year award that he received in 2004. He enjoys doing the press-worthy things that get what he does attention from the media, not for any accolades but so that different areas can get the attention that they need.

–Van Crawford