Former SECAF Donley Returns to Pentagon as the ‘Mayor’

Former Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley is back at the Pentagon, taking over a job he previously held before leading the service.

Donley on May 5 began serving as the director of administration and management, the job known as the “mayor of the Pentagon,” Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said during a briefing. Donley held the same job from May 2005 to June 2008 before being named Air Force Secretary.

Donley stepped down as chairman of the board of trustees of The Aerospace Corporation on April 30 to re-enter federal service, according to a press release.

As director of administration and management, Donley will serve as a principal staff assistant to Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III. Other roles include overseeing the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the Washington Headquarters Services, and the Consolidated Adjudications Facility. Additionally, he will administer the DOD Freedom of Information Act program, DOD Privacy program, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical program, OSD Information Technology program, and the DOD Civil Liberties Officer program.

Donley replaces the former director Michael L. Rhodes, who held the position since 2010. Tom Muir, acting director of the Washington Headquarters Services, was the interim director of administration and management before Donley started.