PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams released the following statement on today’s announcement that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will retire in January of 2016:
From the first time I met the Commissioner I knew that he was something special. His insight, experience, and love of his job and the community he serves has been an inspiration to me. He has been a steadfast advisor and friend, and on a personal level, I’m fortunate to have been able to watch him in action and to witness his servant leadership style.
In addition to being incredibly accountable and embracing innovation through data based policing, Commissioner Ramsey brought calm and clarity to the challenge. Whether he was supporting the families and friends of fallen officers or interacting with the community, he showed himself as a consummate professional and a strong, caring leader.
The City of Philadelphia, its law enforcement community and its citizens are safer and better off today because of the courage and leadership of Commissioner Charles Ramsey. On behalf of the men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, I thank the Commissioner for his eight years of service and wish him the very best in the future.