The D.C. Council deposed Vladimir Cespedes, the mayor of Sosua, Dominican Republic, last night as part of its widening probe into why a surplus city fire truck was donated to the town earlier this year, according to a source.
Cespedes appeared at a closed-door hearing before Council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), who are conducting a joint investigation.
Seeking the testimony of a foreign dignitary appears to be an extraordinary step that may indicate Cheh and Mendelson are making progress in their probe.
Cespedes is holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. He will be joined an aide and his legal counsel as well as William Walker, director of the D.C. youth organization Faith Productions. Cespedes said he wants to talk about the donation.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration sent the fire truck to Sousa this spring, but the equipment was recalled when questions were raised about whether proper procedures were followed in making the transfer.