Washington, D.C., Mayor creates new position of Director, Office of Nightlife and Culture

October 10, 2018: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has created a new position, Director of the Office of Nightlife and Culture. Bowser has not yet hired someone to take the post. The Director is charged with working as a liaison between city government officials and the city’s after-business-hours workforce, which means businesses that are open and operating on weekends or between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays. The new agency was created through the Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act, which passed unanimously at the D.C. Council and also includes the formation of a fifteen-person Commission to advise the Bowser and the public about how to improve laws and policies as they relate to nightlife in the city. Nightlife establishments include restaurants, bars, art galleries, entertainment venues, sports, theaters, clubs, and other businesses that operate between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. The job posting emphasizes the work that the Director will have in establishing the office, for which a total of three positions are budgeted, and in conducting outreach to nightlife establishments and neighborhood residents. The budget for the office in fiscal year 2019 is $291,067, which will increase to $315,699 by fiscal year 2022.

Attribution: DCist

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