Philadelphia Police Commissioner Out of Chicago Running

April 7, 2011  |  

(AP) — Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who had been in talks with Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel about the top police job there, said Wednesday that he has decided to remain in Philadelphia after weeks of difficult contemplation about a possible return to the city where he started his career and has deep personal roots.  “This was a very, very tough decision,” Ramsey said at a news conference at City Hall, where his words where drowned out by applause from police and city officials after he announced he was staying. “It’s just the right thing to do. … We’ve done a lot, but we’ve got an awful lot more to do.”  Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Ramsey, 61, a third-generation Chicagoan who started his police career in the Windy City, did not make an issue of money, but the city will now raise his compensation from $195,000 a year to $255,000.  Ramsey said he decided to stay in Philadelphia after extensive talks with his family. At recent department meetings, he said, he also looked around the room and saw the quality leaders he had in place, something that also helped persuade him ultimately not to apply for the Chicago job.

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