Richard Ross Tapped To Succeed Ramsey As Philadelphia Police Commissioner

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has chosen the Police Department’s First Deputy Commissioner, Richard Ross, to move into the top job after the new administration takes office in January, reports. The announcement will be made today. Kenney had said he would choose someone from within the department to replace Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Ross is a 26-year veteran of the force and has served as a deputy under both Ramsey and his predecessor, Sylvester Johnson.

Ross now oversees daily operations for 6,000 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Special Investigations, Homeland Security and Domestic Preparedness, and State and Federal Task Forces. He also has served as the commanding officer of the Homicide Unit, captain of the 14th District, and lieutenant of the Patrol Bureau at the 35th District.

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