Chief Lanier marks latest of high-profile departures in Mayor Bowser's administration

D.C. Police Chief Cath Lanier (left) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
D.C. Police Chief Cath Lanier (left) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

- Cathy Lanier's departure from her position as D.C.’s police chief is yet another exit of a high-profile member of Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration in less than two years.

Lanier announced her retirement on Tuesday and has a month left on the job before she starts a new job as senior vice president of security operations for the National Football League.

Mayor Bowser took office back in 2015 touting a "girl power" triumvirate composed of herself, Chief Lanier and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. But now, Bowser is the only one left standing for the long haul of the three.

The high-profile departures started in February when Jullette Saussy, who oversaw Hurricane Katrina's destruction in New Orleans, was brought to the District of Columbia by Bowser to become the medical director for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. Saussy thought she was brought in to implement change, but instead, she left publicly upset after only seven months on the job and called the department "toxic" in her resignation letter to the mayor.

In April, before he even walked in the door of St. Elizabeths Hospital after being appointed chief executive officer of the hospital by Bowser, James Edward Kyle resigned after his resume proved to be inadequate for the job.

In May, Michael Czin, the mayor's communications director, exited the Wilson building citing his then-impending wedding. (CORRECTION: This report originally stated that former Czin had returned to a D.C. government position. He has not, and this story has been updated to reflect that.)

And in just the last few weeks, there have been three other departures. Christopher Weaver, the director of the Department of General Services, the department in charge of the controversial water lead testing and the city's new homeless shelters, also stepped down citing "personal matters and obligations" last Friday.

After five years on the job, Kaya Henderson will stop overseeing the District's public school system and is stepping down on Oct. 1.

Now, Chief Lanier, the woman who has led the Metropolitan Police Department for nearly 10 years and a total of 26 years wearing blue in this city, is now bidding farewell as a part of Mayor Bowser's team.

Bowser took office about a year and a half ago and with six significant departures in that timeframe, she is averaging one major exit from her team roughly every three months.

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