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Report: DC Deputy Mayor Used Staff for Child Care

A high-ranking official in the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was found to have used city employees to provide care for her child, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported D.C.'s inspector general found Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden asked her staff to take care of her child in 2015. Snowden is deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity, a position created by Bowser in 2015, to oversee economic development programs in "underserved District of Columbia communities."

Anu Rangappa, communications director for the mayor, said, "Deputy Mayor Snowden is working on behalf of District residents to address inequities holding back our most vulnerable citizens from achieving their full potential. Any issues raised have been addressed, and the mayor has full confidence in Deputy Mayor Snowden’s ability to continue to deliver for District residents.”

The inspector general's report showed Snowden acknowledged her "conduct was not appropriate and expressed remorse," according to the Washington Post.

According to published reports, Snowden faced scrutiny from the Inspector General in 2017 as well. The report said Snowden potentially received preferential treatment, by having her child placed in a sought-after school ahead of a waiting list of families, by former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.

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