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DC Looking to Hire 'Night Mayor' to Oversee Nightlife

The new "night mayor" will act as a point of contact for nightlife establishments

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    DC Looking to Hire 'Night Mayor'

    D.C. is looking for a "Night Mayor" to oversee bars, restaurants and neighborhoods. News4's Jackie Bensen explains more about the position. (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2018)

    What to Know

    • On weekends and between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays, the new nightlife director will work when most of the Wilson Building is empty.

    All those late nights you spent out in D.C. might be an advantage if you're looking for a new gig.

    The job up for grabs? Director for the District's new Office of Nightlife and Culture.

    The focus of the director's attention will be nights and weekends, when most of the Wilson Building is empty.

    One of the major duties is to "serve as a liaison to nightlife establishments" regarding "city policies and procedures affecting the after-hours economy," according to an online application for the role, which opened earlier this month.

    The position has a salary range between $97,434 and $118,000.

    Since it's an excepted service appointment in the D.C. government, applicants must be District residents to be considered.

    The director will lead the Office of Nightlife and Culture, which was created through a bill introduced last year by Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd.

    The new "night mayor" will act as a point of contact for nightlife establishments regarding consumer complaints, issues with D.C. government agencies, and getting necessary licenses, permits and approvals.

    The District has seen a huge boom in nightlife in recent years, with the number of bars, clubs and restaurants jumping from 800 to 1,300 from 2008 to 2016, according to data published last year by the D.C. Policy Center.

    D.C. is not the first city to create the position of "night mayor." A former bar owner was hired as New York City's first nightlife mayor earlier this year, The New York Times reported

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