This is an excerpt from Fox News.
Washington, D.C.’s, deputy mayor for public safety and justice resigned from his position after being charged with assault on Oct. 1, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a press conference on Wednesday.
Christopher Geldart, 53, was charged with assault after he allegedly grabbed Dustin Woodward’s neck, who is a trainer at a Gold’s Gym in Arlington, Virginia.
According to Arlington Police, an argument ensued after Geldart allegedly opened his car door, hitting the parked car of Woodward’s girlfriend. Geldart, appointed by Bowser to serve as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice on January 28, 2021, has been placed on leave pending an investigation.
On Wednesday, Bowser announced during a press conference that Geldart submitted a resignation letter.
“I’m saddened to say that I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart. But I am proud of the work that we have done together over the last eight years, and I am immensely grateful to Chris for his service for the city,” Bowser said. “Chris has been a very capable and effective public servant, and I’ve gotten to know him over the years in several roles.”
“We both agree that the focus should be on the big issues effecting D.C.,” Bowser added.
When Bowser initially was shown a video of the incident by FOX 5 on Oct. 5, she attempted to ignore it.
“I haven’t seen it, and I won’t be commenting…” Bowser said.
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