Ramsey To Stay In D.C., Says Murder Total Too High

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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday that he is “not job-hunting” even though the City Council is holding up approval of a new contract indefinitely. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to be the police chief in Washington, D.C., for a long time,” he said yesterday, according to the Washington Post.

The council did vote, 7 to 6, to raise his annual salary from $150,000 to $175,000, making him one of the nation’s highest-paid police chiefs. The vote came after council members criticized Ramsey for a rising homicide rate and uneven neighborhood patrols.

Ramsey told the Post that though the homicide rate is unacceptably high, it is lower than it was when he arrived in April 1998. Last year, the city recorded 262 homicides, and so far this year, it is on pace for a 10 percent increase.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35247-2003Jul9.html?nav=hptoc_m

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