Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has been hired as a public safety consultant in nearby Wilmington, De., Mayor Dennis Williams said yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. Ramsey will meet regularly with Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings, and work “hands on with the police department on a weekly basis.” said a Williams spokeswoman. Ramsey “has been recognized as one of our nation’s leading public safety officials, and is regarded as being at the forefront of modern day policing,” Williams said.
Leaders in Wilmington, Delaware’s largest municipality, have argued the city isn’t nearly so dangerous or crime plagued as its nickname, “Murder Town,” suggests. Ramsey, 65, announced in October that he intended to retire after Jim Kenney was sworn in as mayor. He noted that he hoped to have an “impact nationally” in law enforcement. There has been speculation that Ramsey would return to his hometown of Chicago to run its police department, but he insisted that he was more interested in finding work as a consultant.