The Washington Post

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown and the other council members arrested Monday during a Capitol Hill protest will probably be out of jail fairly quickly. But who’s in charge in the meantime?

City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, that’s who, according to an order by the mayor effective Feb. 9.

“The mayor is still in charge of the city. The order states that if the mayor is disabled or absent from the District, the city administrator is designated to perform the powers and duty of the mayor,” said Linda Wharton Boyd, the mayor’s spokeswoman, in an e-mail.

And if he remains absent or disabled?

According to longtime council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), the speaker pro tempore, would call a special meeting of the council and an at-large member would be elected among the peers, generally from the majority party.

A special election would be held later.


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