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Managing Director Camille Barnett Leaving Nutter Administration

Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Barnett just tearfully announced in a City Hall news conference that she is leaving Mayor Nutter's administration. Barnett, who thanked her colleagues in City Hall for their support, said her last day will be June 30. She has no plans right now for what she will do next.

Managing Director Camille Barnett Leaving Nutter Administration

Managing Director Camille Barnett
Managing Director Camille Barnett CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Barnett just tearfully announced in a City Hall news conference that she is leaving Mayor Nutter's administration.  Barnett, who thanked her colleagues in City Hall for their support, said her last day will be June 30. She has no plans right now for what she will do next.

"I first want to tell you I really appreciate what you have done to support me in the last two years," Barnett said. "My experience knowing Philadelphia as the city of brotherly love is true."

Nutter thanked Barnett for her service, saying: "We have benefited tremendously from her commitment to this city government."

Many of the administration's top officials showed up for this morning's announcement, including transportation chief Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, Health Commissioner Don Schwartz and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. 

Barnett kept a low profile in the Nutter administration, unlike previous managing directors who were known to turn up and run the show during major events.  She focused mostly on starting the city's 3-1-1 system and the PhillyStat system for tracking the needs for city services.  Nutter last August said he had purposely spread power through his deputy mayors to allow Barnett to focus on government reforms.  In October, she was away on vacation during the Phillies run to the World Series and the SEPTA strike.

Barnett was hired at $195,000 a year, but was paid closer to $178,555 in 2009, according to payroll records, due to pay cuts taken by top staffers in light of the city's budget crisis. She had the sixth-highest salary in the city, and it was higher than the legally established maximum for the job. Nutter gave her an extra title to get around the cap.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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