Obama 'extraordinarily grateful' for Ramsey's service
President Barack Obama expressed his thanks Wednesday following the announced retirement of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
"I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Commissioner Charles 'Chuck' Ramsey for his nearly five decades of leadership and service with some of this nation's largest law enforcement agencies," he said in a statement from the White House. "From Chicago to DC to Philadelphia, Commissioner Ramsey has always supported our women and men in uniform and the communities they bravely serve and protect each and every day."
In December 2014, Obama signed an executive action to establish the 21st Century Policing Task Force. Ramsey was one of the key appointments. Obama said that he had known about Ramsey's "outstanding work over the years," but he came to personally rely on the commissioner's input over the last ten months as the task force put together a list of best practice recommendations.
The president continued:
"For several months earlier this year, he played a vital role in bringing together leaders from across the country to create a clear and concise report including key recommendations for building stronger trust between communities and the law enforcement agencies that protect them. I am extraordinarily grateful for Chuck's service and wish him an enjoyable and restful retirement."
Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. is said to be the most logical successor to Ramsey in 2016.