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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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October 21, 2022

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Earlier this week, we opened a new MPD Cadet Corps training center — the first space solely dedicated to supporting the Cadet Corps program. 

Through the MPD Cadet Corps program, DC residents between the ages of 17 and 24 are able to serve part-time as uniformed, civilian employees while earning college credit. There are many reasons a young Washingtonian might want to become a cadet:

  • The Cadet Corps program is a pathway to the middle class. In addition to receiving a starting salary of $35,637, cadets also earn 60 tuition-free credits toward a degree at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. 
  • The Cadet Corps program supports our efforts to ensure we are hiring more women at MPD and more DC residents. All cadets are DC residents and 51% of cadets are women.
  • The Cadet Corps program is an opportunity for young people to serve and support their communities while building their careers. In fact, Chief Contee joined MPD as a young cadet. 

Even more persuasive than this list, though, is watching Cadet Alston describe his decision to join the Cadet Corps:

Cadet Alston

You can learn more about the MPD Cadet Corps program at joinMPD.dc.gov. On Wednesday, October 26, MPD is hosting a recruiting webinar where interested individuals can chat directly with an MPD recruiter about the process. Register for the webinar HERE


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Tuesday: 17th Street High Heel Race

High Heel Race

On Tuesday, October 25, join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the District’s 35th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race.

The High Heel Race is a favorite October tradition in DC. Each year, neighbors come to Dupont Circle to celebrate hundreds of drag queens and cheer them on as they race down 17th Street.

Learn more HERE

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Now Through October 31: Celebrate Halloween with DPR

DPR Halloween

It's Halloween season and the Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting events in all eight wards!

Upcoming events include candy giveaways, costume parties, Halloween parades, a dog costume contest, a screening of Hocus Pocus 2, trunk or treating, and so much more!

Browse events HERE and join us for Halloween fun...if you dare!

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DC's 2023 Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

This week, Mayor Bowser presented Jermar Rountree, a health and physical education teacher at Center City Public Charter School’s Brightwood campus, with the 2023 DC Teacher of the Year Award. The Mayor was joined by State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant and Center City PCS-Brightwood students and staff to surprise Coach Rountree with the award. 

Mr. Rountree has been teaching for 16 years, six of which have been at Center City PCS-Brightwood. At Center City PCS-Brightwood, Mr. Rountree teaches not only activities and athletics, but also educates students about their social, emotional, and mental growth and thrives on connecting his students with the community. 

The prestigious honor, which comes with a $7,500 prize, is awarded annually to a DC Public School or public charter school teacher who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to student achievement. Learn more HERE

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