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Disputes story by administration
The week ended that Friday with Ms. Webb’s dismissal, after she informed acting Chief of Staff Paul A. Quander Jr. and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Victor Hoskins of her plans to testify that Ms. Banks had the story backward.
Ms. Banks is expected to offer additional testimony this month before the committee.
After refusing to resign, Ms. Webb said, city officials drew up separation papers and confiscated her government materials.
Ms. Webb testified Thursday her son passed his resume through her to Ms. Banks, who asked Chief Ellerbe if he had a spot for Mr. Webb in his department. She also said she felt threatened by the meeting with Mr. Quander and Mr. Hoskins, leading D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent, to note she was making a serious allegation that amounts to witness tampering.
Mr. Quander issued a statement calling her recollection of their meetings “inaccurate.”
“Neither Deputy Mayor Hoskins nor I delivered any threats to Dr. Webb,” he said in an email. “We also made no attempt to influence her testimony before Councilmember [Mary M.] Cheh’s committee or any other government body. I am a former federal prosecutor, and I understand witness tampering - and our intereactions with Dr. Webb didn’t come anywhere near crossing ethical of legal lines.”
Her side of the story
In the public spotlight, Ms. Webb said she was thrown under the bus by the same folks who signed off on her transition benefits. And, she added, she was the only one who felt the heat despite learning from her driver that previous DOES directors had employed staff members as chauffeurs.
“It wasn’t that I came in and created a driver position or demanded a driver,” she said.
When asked by staff what to put down on the questionnaire, Ms. Webb recalled that she said, “The truth.”
“I think that was new to some in District government,” she said.
Ms. Webb said the team she assembled, three from Arizona and one Texan, was part of the plan from the beginning.
After working in the public sector in multiple states, she said, she knew she didn’t want political hires and let the administration know it. The hires, such as the driver, and hotel stay were preapproved, Ms. Webb said.
“It’s not like I snuck them in the backdoor,” she said.
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