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Lanier Would Remain Police Chief Under Bowser

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District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — The projected next mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, has asked D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to remain on the job after she is sworn in as successor to Vincent Gray next January.

Lanier, who was first appointed to the position in 2007, has agreed to Bowser’s request, according to WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves. Last year, Lanier signed a five-year contract extension to remain in her current role through 2018.

Bowser defeated Gray in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary last week in a race defined by a scandal involving the current mayor’s campaign four years ago.

The Democratic primary winner has gone on to win every general election since the District began electing a mayor 40 years ago. But Bowser will face a credible challenger this November in David Catania, an independent D.C. councilmember.

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