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Former Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander died last night after an illness.

As a deputy mayor in the Vince Gray administration, Quander oversaw several city agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Corrections. Quander also presided over a tumultuous period for the D.C. Fire and EMS department.

“Paul was a first-class human being and a first-class professional who couldn’t have been more dedicated to the city,” Gray said.

Before becoming deputy mayor, Quander worked in several other government offices, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, MPD, and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

Gray attributed Quander’s death to a “health condition,” but declined to comment further. LL’s attempts to reach Quander’s family were unsuccessful.

“He fought the good fight,” Gray said.

Quander’s death prompted condolences from councilmembers and Kevin Donahue, Quander’s successor as deputy mayor.

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