Douglas Ellice

Sure, though we cannot, I believe, help with the moving co$t$.
I do tend to suspect that applicants from far away who are applying for vacancies elsewhere, too, are a little less focused on our vacancy than is a person who, resident here or not, is applying only in DC. This is not a matter of considering the applicant casting the wider net less qualified, just perhaps less deserving of my time and attention given the imagined slighter prospect that they’ll end up with us.
ps. My long-term plan? Retire to Portland, OR ! Love your city….