WASHINGTON — Natwar Gandhi has a unique job in a city unlike any other, but the District of Columbia’s Indian-born, poetry-writing chief financial officer strives to use the advantages of his one-of-a-kind office to offset the many challenges he readily admitted his city faces.

“Nowhere else in the country would you have such an independent CFO,” he said during an interview. “When I met with these other chief financial officers, they were all quite surprised that I could enjoy this level of certainty and independence. That I could disagree with the mayor in the morning and still be in office that afternoon.”

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