Council Chairman Phil Mendelson praised Wells in the Council Chamber and give him and other soon-to-be ex-members each a ceremonial glass bowl.
“You’re one of the few Council members who actually has a brand … Livable/walkable,” Mendelson said. Wells can largely take credit for the plastic bag fee and an investigation of ex-Council Chair Kwame Brown’s use of a Department of Public Works SUV, Mendelson said.
Wells said he is looking forward to the next year.
“This will be a great legislative body with a great executive branch, and I’m so proud to have served on the D.C. Council,” he said. He thanked his staff and other members.
Departing Councilman David Catania poked fun at Wells in his own remarks. Catania needed to keep his job at construction firm M.C. Dean Inc. “just to cover Tommy’s liquor bill,” he joked.
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