Philadelphia Braces for Ramsey Departure to Chicago


The Philadelphia Daily News is hard-pressed to find anyone in the city who doesn’t believe that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will return to his home town of Chicago to head the police force there. Ramsey told the paper that, “most people already think I’m going. They’ve already got your bags packed.” He added, “It’s just a tough choice. You have two great cities. You have one great mayor, and one who I believe is going to be a great mayor.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said, “I’m fighting for the city,” noting how he and other city leaders have told Ramsey in every way imaginable how much they admire him, how much they love what he brings to the city personally and professionally. John Apeldorn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of Delaware Valley, said Ramsey “did a fantastic job, especially as an outsider. He solidified the department, and took action when he had to.” Apeldorn said, “If Ramsey’s heart is set on going back home, that’s a tough sell, no matter what you offer.”

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