Silverman Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) issued the following statement regarding WMATA Board Chair and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans:

“I have just read the memorandum from Schulte Roth & Zabel regarding WMATA’s investigation into the conduct of Jack Evans, WMATA Board Chair and my Ward 2 colleague on the D.C. Council. In light of the report, it is the right decision for Councilmember Evans to step down from his role as a D.C. representative on the WMATA Board of Directors. The memorandum raises troubling questions about actions taken by Councilmember Evans in his role as a public servant on the WMATA board.

“I am also renewing my earlier calls for the D.C. Council to conduct an investigation into the conduct of Councilmember Evans. I have asked Chairman Mendelson to initiate this action. I suggest the D.C. Council hire an outside law firm to investigate any alleged violations of our law and Code of Conduct. Those findings and recommendations should be brought forth quickly, and Councilmember Evans should be given a chance to respond.

“In the end, we need to make sure that the Council acts with the highest ethics and follows the rule of law. Maintaining the public’s trust in our government is vital to our city and our democracy.”