Accountability delayed is accountability denied


Lt. Kellene Davis leaves the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Washington on March 21. (Hamil Harris/The Washington Post)

“Justice for Cecil” signs were held up outside Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s State of the District speech last month. So how is the quest for accountability for the premature death of Medric Cedric Mills Jr. going? Kellene Davis, the fire lieutenant accused of failing to help Mills after he collapsed outside her Rhode Island Avenue NW firehouse in January, is now retired with full benefits, rendering moot the findings of a trial board considering serious dereliction-of-duty charges against her. The Washington Post’s Peter Hermann reports that Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe tried to slow-walk Davis’s retirement, allowing the board to consider sanctions against her, but time ran out. Do note: “Even had Davis been found guilty, it is unlikely that her retirement would have been hampered. Her pension is based on her salary averaged over 36 months; even a demotion and cut in pay would have had minimal impact.”

In other news:

It’s Best of D.C. time again! (City Paper)

New ambulance redeployment plan would turn Shaw firehouse into EMS-only facility (WTTG-TVWRC-TVAP)

Let’s build a great playground at D.C. General (The Washington Post)

After a four-year hiatus, the public school ombudsman is back (Post)

Marijuana legalization petitions will hit the street April 23 (DCist)

School boundary changes: Real estate agents react! (WTOP)

Parking ticket volume and revenue dropped in fiscal 2013 (Dr. Gridlock)

Some necessary context (GGW)

Qatari investors may pump another $300 million or more into D.C. real estate, says Victor Hoskins (WBJ)

Sen. Mark Begich keeps his word, introduces D.C. autonomy bills (Roll Call)

Jim Graham reflects on his loss: “I’m not bitter. I’m not unhappy. I’m not resentful.” (Blade)

Pete Ross reflects on his shadow senator runs: “Did I like losing that money? No. Do I regret losing it? No.” (Loose Lips)

Jonetta Rose Barras with her annual flaying of a mayoral budget proposal (Post column)

One awful possibility: Relisha Rudd was sold into sex trafficking (DCist)

The conversation continues on DDOT reorganization (GGWRPUSRPUS)

A Q&A on the Tax Revision Commission’s per-employee fee proposal that is doomed never to become law here (Governing)

“Metro’s leadership is getting into the habit of blaming today’s problems on past generations of leaders” (Dr. Gridlock)

Howard nurses picket over planned layoffs (WJLA-TV)

Health insurers push back on exchange’s plan to levy fees (WBJ)

Commission of Fine Arts is down on Southwest Waterfront design (WBJ)

Smith Point wins the Georgetown liquor license derby (GOG)

Darrell Issa plans to move minor Height Act changes to House floor by month’s end (Roll Call)

“I can only hope that Colbert knows that the District of Columbia contributed to his elevation” (Roll CallWashingtonian)

More reasons why the long lame-duck period stinks (Blade)

Two shootings Thursday night; one dead (Post)

In Manor Park, big lots and tight-knit neighbors (Post)

A lot of bus stops fall short of federal accessibility standards (WTOP)

Shih tzu stolen in Marshall Heights (D.C. Crime Stories)

Adams Morgan mural gets earthquake repairs (PoPville)

Georgetown’s Williams-Addison House, listed for $16.8 million, sells for $16.1 million (Where We Live)

Knight Kiplinger is selling his Spring Valley home (UrbanTurf)

The 1800 block of M Street NW is about to get another strip club (SALM)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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