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Salah Czapary Appointed to Lead Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture

Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed the openly gay former Ward 1 Council candidate to head office overseeing D.C.'s nightlife industry.

Salah Czapary - Photo: LinkedIn
Salah Czapary – Photo: LinkedIn

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed Salah Czapary, a gay former candidate for the D.C. Council, to a post within her administration following her re-election to a third four-year term.

Bowser’s office made the announcement on Thursday, as one of several moves regarding Cabinet agencies and appointed positions. 

Czapary, who garnered about a third of the vote in the Ward 1 Council race against Councilmember Brianne Nadeau in the Democratic primary, will serve as Acting Director of the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture.

While the mayor did not officially endorse Czapary in that race, she has previously clashed with Nadeau and other members of the Council’s left flank on various issues, and many of her employees and political allies, dubbed the “Green Team,” either supported Czapary outright or donated to his campaign, as reported by the Washington City Paper

According to the office’s website, the office serves as an intermediary between nightlife establishments, residents, and D.C. government, with the aim of promoting “a safe, economically and culturally vibrant night time economy.”

In his new role, Czapary will conduct outreach to business owners and others in the nightlife industry, seek to provide assistance in solving issues or problems by coordinating with D.C. government agencies, and educate nightlife establishments and their staff on existing policies or regulations through quarterly trainings.

Czapary previously lead community outreach initiatives, engaging feedback from residents and stakeholders, including members of the nightlife industry, when he served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Police at the Metropolitan Police Department. He also oversaw community working groups seeking to garner feedback from residents about policing concerns, to develop better relationships between officers and those they serve, and to improve volunteer service programs.

Prior to joining MPD, Czapary founded and managed the operations of the Nagypapa Foundation “to encourage experiential travel and education,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

Czapary tweeted out the announcement, writing: “Thank you @MayorBowser for the opportunity to continue to serve the city I love.”

The DC Nightlife Council, a nonprofit trade association representing local bar, restaurant, nightclub, entertainment venues, congratulated Czapary on his appointment in a tweet.

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the appointment, Czapary’s qualifications, or his vision for the office.

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