Although David had been in leadership positions of some importance in college, the job at City Hall put him back at the very bottom of the ladder -- he would have to work his way up once more. His very first job at City Hall was in the Zoning Bylaws Office which in itself was part of the larger Department of Planning. Adrian Jewish, the magistriate responsible for the Bylaws office had exposed Quigley to the insanity of the zoning laws and had many a run-in with local industries and residential buildings concerning illegal practices.
Jewish was impressed with David's ability to find compromises even in light of the circumstances, wrote a recommendation that he be transferred to the Department of Transportation where his diplomatic cunning would be useful. He was pleased since he was no longer a menial lacky, but was given an actual title of relative importance, Aquisitions Officer. As one would expect, he would be responsible for obtaining properties throughout the city for transportation projects -- mainly unpopular ones including the purchasing and demolishment of a public housing complex to build a highway between Downtown and the Beltway encircling the city area.
Quigley again amazed his supervisor, this time an aged man of 76, Paul Wilkinson, and was given yet another referrial, this time being directly promoted to the Secretary of the Mayor of Normandy, Timothy White. Mayor White was an outspoken man, usually in a fight with the City Council over mere budgetary numbers and transportation projects. At times the populace thought nothing would ever get accomplished during White's term but with David's intellect and competence, the Mayor's approval rate skyrocketed from a low 45% to the mid 60's, the largest jump in approval for a Normandy mayor since the city's inception.
As the Secretary to the Mayor, Quigley was the most informed person next to the Mayor himself and sometimes for his own benefit he would sit down with his various advisors to discuss policy when White was out of town meeting the Governor or at a council meeting inside the city. He grew in importance when several people met with him one quiet evening in a local diner without any prior notice to persaude him to give up his job as a bureaucrat and actually run for the City's soon-to-be vacant Councilor seats. It should be noted that there are 7 Councilors on the Council, one for each neighborhood of the city and two at-Large seats (he would be running for At-Large). He couldn't say no and immediately met with White that next morning.
Timothy was pleased, perhaps a little too intrested in his own political agenda than seeing Quigley grow in prestiege. Not even White (who died several years later after his term ended in a deadly car crash on the very highway David assisted in planning) would answer that question to reporters. So by the end of that month [it was March at the time of the impromptu meeting] he began a rapid campaign for At-Large Councilor, winning in a landslide over his compeitor (apparently his blunders and questionable involvement with special interest groups and city contracts in regards to that highway didn't not affect the vote too much) and took his seat officially in December of that year.