WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier has answered the recent rumor insisting she should run for mayor.
Chief Lanier’s name has been heavily associated with talks of potential mayoral candidates for a special election should Mayor Gray resign. Lanier was raised just outside the northeast edge of D.C. in Prince George’s County and has been with the Metropolitan Police Department since 1990, making her a true representative of the city.
Under her watch in 2012, Washington, D.C. boasts an almost twenty percent drop in burglaries and eighteen percent drop in homicides. She tells the Washingtonian the murder rate has reach a 45-year low, and while it’s no cause for celebration, she’s hoping the city closes the year under 100 murders; a goal of hers since 2007.
But as for a potential jump from fighting crime to fighting politicians, the chief tells the Washingtonian she’s flattered people are rooting for her, but she’s not interested.
“I have a lot of people who have asked me about that, a lot of people who said they are interested in helping me go that way. You know what? I have a job for the next five years. I really don’t have an interest in it. I’m flattered there are so many people who would support me doing that.”
Many were expecting Mayor Vincent Gray to resign in August amidst a litany of campaign finance allegations stemming from his 2010 mayoral campaign. Three D.C. Council members asked the mayor to resign in July. Two D.C. Council members have resigned this year – Harry Thomas and Kwame Brown – and an opponent of Gray’s (Sulaimon Brown) in the 2010 mayoral election said his campaign was given cash by the Gray campaign to disparage then-mayor Adrian Fenty.
Lanier says she doesn’t even pay attention to politics because it would be far too distracting from her everyday duties of protecting the city from crime.
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