October 14, 2015
When Philadelphia welcomes its new mayor in January, the city will also greet a new police commissioner.
"It's time to move on to another level," Ramsey said.
“For nearly 50 years, Charles Ramsey has served our nation in critical law enforcement capacities," his statement read. "Charles Ramsey became Commissioner at a very challenging time for the city and worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Philadelphia."At a very trying time for police and community relations in our nation, Commissioner Ramsey has led the effort, through his co-Chairmanship of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, for commonsense reforms that promote healing and cooperation between police and communities while increasing safety.”Jim Kenney, the Democratic mayoral candidate, didn't make any public statements about the announcement so as not to detract attention from a discussion of Ramsey's service.For her part, Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey said last week that should Ramsey not remain in the position, she was inclined to ask Ross to take the position. She extended congratulations on Wednesday."We are grateful that he came to Philadelphia and appreciative of his tireless efforts in service to our community," Bailey said.
A leader is only as good as the people working for him & I thank every member in my department for their hard work. pic.twitter.com/hsv6Qz4YR0— Charles H. Ramsey (@PPDCommish) October 14, 2015
Updated: President Barack Obama also issued a statement about Ramsey's retirement. It reads as follows:
"I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Commissioner Charles "Chuck" Ramsey for his nearly five decades of leadership and service with some of this nation's largest law enforcement agencies.
"From Chicago to DC to Philadelphia, Commissioner Ramsey has always supported our women and men in uniform and the communities they bravely serve and protect each and every day.
"While I've known about his outstanding work over the years, it was when I appointed Chuck as a co-chair of my Task Force on 21st Century Policing that I was able to rely on his counsel and leadership.
"For several months earlier this year, he played a vital role in bringing together leaders from across the country to create a clear and concise report including key recommendations for building stronger trust between communities and the law enforcement agencies that protect them.
"I am extraordinarily grateful for Chuck's service and wish him an enjoyable and restful retirement."