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Three high-level appointees have left the Bowser administration within the last four weeks. Most recently her longest-serving education appointee says she is leaving for another gig.
State Superintendent for Education Hanseul Kang just announced she is leaving Oct. 16 for an executive director position at The Broad Center at the Yale School of Management. And just last Thursday, D.C. fire chief Gregory Dean announced he is retiring. On Aug. 14, City Administrator Rashad Young left his position, rather abruptly. Muriel Bowser has since requested an ethics review over the resignation of her top aide because he discussed taking a job at Howard University after negotiating a multi-million dollar deal to create a new hospital on the campus.
The turnover at the mayor’s office pales in comparison to the executive office at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Nevertheless, it’s notable. The Bowser administration is experiencing these departures while trying to respond to a global pandemic and its rippling effects.
When Young left his post, Kevin Donahue had to serve as both the deputy mayor for public safety and justice and interim city administrator for over a week. (And D.C. is seeing an increase in homicides.) Now, Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. is serving as both the interim deputy mayor for public safety and justice and the chief medical examiner. (And D.C. is also seeing an increase in fatal drug overdoses.)
As The DC Line notes, it is not uncommon for senior officials to be wearing multiple hats. Case in point: John Falcicchio is the deputy mayor for planning and economic development and the mayor’s chief of staff, and Wayne Turnage is the deputy mayor for health and human services and director of the Department of Health Care Finance. (Interestingly enough, Turnage took over as deputy mayor after the Bowser administration experienced a number of departures in 2018.)
City Desk reached out to the mayor’s office to ask how recent exits are impacting daily tasks, and what the executive attributes the departures to. No response yet.
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- As of Sept. 9, D.C. reported four additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 25 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers of people to 615 and 14,387, respectively. [EOM]
- D.C. residents receiving unemployment benefits will soon be able to receive an additional $300 in weekly compensation. [DCist]
- While traditional schools move ahead with 100 percent of virtual learning, charters are offering limited in-person learning for small groups of students. [Post]
- Portraits of mothers who lost their sons in police killings. [Washingtonian]
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? email@example.com)
- Prince George’s County tries police reform again. [Post]
- Support for D.C. statehood grows. [Data for Progress]
- Reminder: Here is what three people involved in the fight for statehood say D.C. residents can do. [WCP]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Local kids of all ages share what they miss about going out to eat. [WCP]
- Poca Madre, Taco Bamba are among the recent permanent restaurant closures in D.C. [Washingtonian]
- The pitmaster behind Federalist Pig will try his hand at fried chicken in Petworth. [Eater DC]
ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? email@example.com)
- Arts links will return next week.
SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For City Paper contributor David Steele, the late John Thompson Jr. represented many things: basketball excellence, Georgetown University, uncompromising Blackness—and also the face, heart, and soul of D.C. “He started here, stayed here, built here, and never considered any other pastures to be greener than these,” Steele writes. [WCP]
- The Washington Football Team has released its depth chart ahead of Sunday’s season opener against the Eagles. [Hogs Haven]
- Trea Turner is having a historic season. [Sports Illustrated]
- Watch an archived version of the talk Alex S. Vitale gave about defunding the police for Profs and Pints yesterday.
- On Sept. 10, make some online bids on pieces by artists who live and work in Wards 7 and 8.