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MPD Chief Robert Contee to resign, join FBI

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Robert Contee III as her pick for Metropolitan Police Department chief in December 2020.

Officials said Wednesday that Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee III will leave his post to join the FBI.

Contee said in a video statement Wednesday his official last day will be June 3, but Mayor Muriel Bowser has yet to determine his successor. Contee said FBI Director Christopher Wray appointed him to serve as assistant director in the Office of Partner Engagement.

“It has been my greatest honor to serve as the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department,” Contee said in an MPD tweet Wednesday.

MPD did not immediately return a request for comment.

Bowser said Contee has made the District “incredibly proud” throughout his 33 years of service and congratulated Contee on his “retirement,” saying he is “ready for his next chapter.”

“He has pushed our criminal justice system to do more and be better,” Bowser said in a statement. “He has led MPD through an incredibly challenging time in our country – from the pandemic to January 6th and navigating the effects of a shrinking department during a time when gun violence is exploding across the nation.”

Bowser did not immediately return a request for comment regarding Contee’s resignation.

Contee, a GW alumnus, joined MPD in November 1989 and served as a patrol officer, sergeant and lieutenant. Bowser announced Contee as her pick for MPD chief in December 2020, swearing him into office Jan. 2, 2021, just days before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building.

D.C.’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety cut MPD’s budget by $15 million in June 2020.

Contee said in an interview with The Hatchet in June 2021 he mandated each MPD bureau hold monthly events where officials and community members can interact, like officers reading with children or providing IT help to senior citizens. Under Contee, MPD hired Diana Karczmarczyk, a professional lecturer in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, as the department’s first director of employee well-being support.

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Erika Filter, News Editor
Erika Filter is a senior majoring in international affairs from Carson City, Nevada. She leads the Metro beat as one of The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editors and previously served as the assistant news editor for the Student Government beat.
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