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Seth Williams has appointed a new chief of detectives. 
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Seth Williams makes a bold move

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What does an administrative role actually entail? That's a question surrounding District Attorney Seth Williams as he continues to hold his position despite being under indictment and being sued to resign. 

Williams has made yet another controversial call by appointing Staff Inspector Michael Cram to the position of acting chief of county detectives. 

Replacing Claude Thomas, Cram's appointment comes at a great time for the seasoned veteran but a horrible time for the man who appointed him - Seth Williams.

This action comes a week after former District Attorney and one-time political opponent Lynne M. Abraham and defense attorney Richard Sprague sued to have Williams removed from office due to the temporary suspension of his law license, which is set to come into affect soon since Williams and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court filed the paperwork on Tuesday. 

Despite this suit, Williams' decision to remain in an administrative position calls into question the agency and impact of a city official who can't perform his duties to full capacity. And also questions whether a DA who is under investigation for ethics - taking bribes and dolling out favors - can truly be trusted to appoint someone to a position.

But luckily, Cram's record speaks for itself. Cram, who was captain in North Philadelphia's 25th District for 3 years and was recently promoted to staff inspector, is a 24-year veteran of the police department. But instead of immediately abandoning his new position, Cram will be working in the police department as well as the district attorney's office.

Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer in a statement Cram “will be an enormous asset to the work we do.”

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