Jan. 7 is last day for Ramsey as head of Philly police

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 Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey waves goodbye (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey waves goodbye (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s police commissioner will not stay on when a new mayor takes office. 

Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Mayor Michael Nutter brought him out of retirement to run Philadelphia’s force, and that’s where he’ll return.

“My last day will be Jan. 7, which also happens to be my anniversary date for being sworn in the same day as Mayor Nutter,” Ramsey said.

Visibly moved by Ramsey’s comments Wednesday, Nutter said Philadelphia is a safer place because of Ramsey’s leadership.

“Thank you for saying yes,” Nutter said, choking up. “Thank  you for coming to Philadelphia. There are young people alive today who 10 years ago may not have lived but because of your work.”

After a vacation, Ramsey said teaching could be in his future. He might also do consulting work.

First Deputy Richard Ross would be a good choice as his replacement, Ramsey said.

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