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Charles Ramsey Not Interested in Being Chicago's Next Police Chief

The outgoing Philadelphia police commissioner still plans to retire altogether, despite the sudden opening of what he once described as "a dream job."

Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he is not changing his mind about retiring from police work later this month, despite the sudden opening of what he once described as "a dream job." 

That job would be Chicago police superintendent, which became available Tuesday when Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired his embattled top cop, Garry McCarthy. The Chicago police force, and its mayor, are embroiled in a crisis following the much belated release of a video of a police shooting.

"The mayor [Emanuel] has not reached out to me," Ramsey said Wednesday. "And I still plan on retiring at the end of the month. But if they want some assistance, in terms of consulting or advice, I'd be more than happy to certainly consider that. But that's about it."

Ramsey, who is retiring after eight years as commissioner in Philadelphia and 47 years in municipal police work, is a Chicago native. He began as a beat cop in the nation's third-largest city at the age of 18.


Daniel Luzer is GOVERNING's news editor.
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