Quest for D.C. Jail Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Continues

While hundreds of advisory neighborhood commissioners took the oath of office on Jan. 2, District 7F07, which encompasses the D.C. Jail, did not have someone sworn in to take that position but efforts are underway to fill the seat.

District law stipulates no commissioner vacancies will be filled outside of the election cycle during a public health emergency. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public health emergency in the city in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the public health emergency continues, Tyrell M. Holcomb, a commissioner who served as the chairman of the 7F commission in 2020, said this year there will be an active effort to get a resident to fill the seat.

“It is my understanding some apartments will be built in the near future and we are hoping to get one of those residents to fill the position,” Holcomb said. “We should have voices of men and women who are in the D.C. Jail and the women’s shelter.”

Holcomb said 7F07 encompasses the Hill East site which houses the former D.C. General Hospital and is primed for economic development. Hill East will be a state-of-the-art complex that will have 262 residential units and

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