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Millicent West, who oversaw the Children & Youth Trust Investment Corp. during part of the period while disgraced former Ward 5 Coucilmember Harry Thomas Jr. used the CYITC to steal public money, has resigned from her current post as director of the District’s homeland security agency, two Wilson Building sources confirm.
LL was first to report that West had been interviewed by the FBI prior to Thomas’ guilty plea. She was described in Thomas’ court records, though not by name, as playing a role in helping Thomas secure more than $100,000 to pay for a 2009 inaugural party at the Wilson Building.
West, who was appointed to homeland security by former Mayor Adrian Fenty, has denied any wrongdoing in connection to the Thomas affair, and had said she thought the party was a legitimate use of the CYITC’s money. She did not immediately return a call for comment this morning.
LL has also detailed a connection between West and another figure in the Thomas saga. Danita Doleman, who sources have confirmed is the individual in Thomas’ court records that gave Thomas a $5,000 kickback and acted as a pass through for the inauguration money, worked briefly for West at homeland security.
More to come shortly…
UPDATE: West sent Mayor Vince Gray her resignation this morning. “Given the current distractions,” West wrote, “I believe that this is both the best decision for both my family and the District.”
It’s worth noting that the media attention surrounding West’s involvement in the Thomas saga didn’t go much beyond the first few days after Thomas’ guilty plea at the beginning of January. West has been mostly out of the news since then.
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