PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MAYOR ELECT JIM KENNY’S CHOICE FOR PHILADELPHIA’S NEXT POLICE COMMISSIONER: DEPUTY COMMISSIONER RICHARD ROSS

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PHILADELPHIA (November 11, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement in response to Mayor Elect Jim Kenny’s announcement that First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross will become Philadelphia’s next Police Commissioner:

“I can think of no better officer to take the reins of the Philadelphia Police Department than First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross. Mayor Elect Kenny, you made the right choice.

“First Deputy Commissioner Ross, who is a fellow Nittany Lion and Central High School graduate, has stood with and supported this office from key investigations to improving community outreach and from helping our young people stay in school to finding ways to do our collective jobs better since before I became the District Attorney. I’ve come to rely on his advice and will continue to benefit from his experience and energy.

“And, like I said when Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced his retirement, 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. Thank you Commissioner Ramsey for your service, and soon to be Commissioner Ross, the men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office look forward to continuing to work with you.”

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