Ramsey Contract To Head D.C. Police Delayed

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Washington, D.C.’s City Council has delayed a vote on a new contract for Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, raising new fears among his advocates that he will quit. A raise from $150,000 to $175,000 is likely to be approved today, but the full contract is stuck in the Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Kathy Patterson plans to delay a vote for at least a year while monitoring Ramsey’s performance, the Washington Post says.

A Ramsey friend, Chuck Wexler of the Police Executive Research Forum, called Patterson’s approach “demeaning,” saying, “I do not believe that what he’s asking for is out of proportion to what other major-city chiefs are getting.”

Patterson and other council members have expressed dismay over delays at the 911 call center, a failure to mount effective and visible neighborhood patrols and the homicide rate, which is up 9 percent over last year’s.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23448-2003Jul7.html

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