Washington, D.C., Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey has been offered a 17 percent raise that would make his annual pay $175,000, one of the nation’s highest, the Washington Post reports. The contract, which would keep Ramsey in the job through 2007, was proposed by Mayor Anthony Williams.
The higher pay level would put Ramsey, 53, on par with the nation’s elite, the Post says. Those earning more than $175,000 include Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, who makes $239,039, and San Francisco Chief Earl Sanders, who makes $209,000.
The City Council must approve the contract, which will open a debate over the fact that the city’s homicide rate is sharply higher this year and criticism is rising about a shortage of community police patrols. Council member Kathy Patterson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced her opposition to the raise for Ramsey. Sgt. Gregory I. Greene, acting head of the city’s police union, said: “Lord have mercy! They’re running this place like Enron.”