Posts tagged ‘Supervisor’

Learning How Government Works

Just like any other workforce, DCRA has prepared mandatory weekly meetings  for the summer youth employees. In these meetings we will learn the skills that are needed in the professional world.  Our first session was entitled “Understanding Government Structure and Operations”.

We heard  from guest speakers Paul Waters from the Enforcement of Legislative Reviews and Eric Rodgers, manager of the enforcement division.  Both Waters and Rodgers talked about their passions for government and what it took to get them where they are today 

“Ive been working in the government for ten years.  Im bascially the guy with the heavy hand who says, ‘hey you me money’,” says Rodgers. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Waters had this to say, “I’ve been working with government for 25 years and in order for you to really enjoy this job, it has to really be something you enjoy doing.”

Eric Rodgers

Paul Waters

Summer Youth


Professional Development: Week 3

Professional Development

Hello! Welcome back to another week of fun and excitement at DCRA.  As program coordinators Ms. Kristina Swann and Ms. Tania Williams informed you the first week, we’ll have a host of professional development sessions for you to participate in this summer.

This week, there are two sessions, but only one is mandatory.  If  you haven’t touched base with your supervisor or coordinator to let them know which sessions you’d like to attend, or if you’d like to make a change do so as quickly as possible.  This week’s sessions are:

Understanding Government Structure and Operations

9:15am to 10:30am, 2nd Floor Hearing Room
Wednesday, July 14th

DCRA Executive Panel Discussion
10:30am to 12:00pm, 4th Floor Emergency Operations Center
Friday, July 16th

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! 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