Chris Geldart has reportedly stepped down from his position as Washington, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. In a statement released on Wednesday, Washinton, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser commended Geldart for his work and characterized him as a “very capable and effective public servant.”
“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 to the city,” Bowser stated.
“Chris has been a very capable and effective public servant.”
Despite Bowser’s glowing endorsement of his work, Geldart was forced to resign from his position in the city’s government after he was involved in an altercation outside of a gym in nearby Arlington, Virginia. According to multiple reports, Geldart was leaving the gym with his family on October 1, 2022 when an employee of the gym was also leaving the vicinity. As both parties left, Geldart was accused of hitting the car of the gym employee as he opened the door to his own car. From there, an argument ensued and the incident became physical. The former deputy mayor allegedly “grabbed the man by the throat” before his wife stepped in. Not long after the incident took place, the gym employee filed a complaint and Geldart was charged with assault.
“I no longer wanted to be a distraction to the vitally important work of the public safety agencies of the District government,” Geldart told NBC News Washington.