The 65-year old's last day will be January 7th, 2016.
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will retire at year's end, he said at a City Hall news conference. The news comes three weeks before the election to decide Philadelphia's next mayor, who will have the task of finding a successor to lead the 6,500-officer department.
Ramsey came to Philadelphia in 2008 after being chosen for the job by Mayor Nutter. Ramsey said his 47-year career "has been a good ride."
Like a lot of people in the department, I see this as welcome news. If I were a tea drinker, he would not be my cup. The man has had a bias against detectives since he came to Philly, refusing to promote the rank in significant numbers. As a result, most detective divisions are sparsely populated, and with the turnover rate this department sees, our workload grows exponentially.
The politicians like Ramsey, and Obama loves him. The rank and file? Not so much.