CITY HALL SAM: Police Chief Ramsey Leaves Big Shoes To Fill

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PHILA. POLICE Commissioner Charles Ramsey wraps up an illustrious career.

PHILA. POLICE Commissioner Charles Ramsey wraps up an illustrious career.

Philadelphia has a number of tough crime and public=safety issues. But the steady and smart leadership from Police COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY have all Philadelphians confident that the tough issues could be handled. That is why CHS joins many Philadelphians in wishing Commissioner Ramsey best wishes on his retirement.

Ramsey was an innovative leader who implemented new policing techniques that led to a substantial drop in homicides during his tenure from 331 in 2008 to 248 last year. Ramsey also took a tough stance against corruption within the Police Department. He was also a constant source of strength through his attendance at community events and always being at the scene of significant events.

These solid leadership skills were nationally acclaimed and recognized when PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA tapped Commissioner Ramsey to lead the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The Commissioner will be sorely missed. But his legacy of achievement will survive for many years to come.

Another bedrock of the Philadelphia community is Temple University. The Temple law alumni celebrated their 100th anniversary at the Monaco Hotel in Society Hill. The prestigious group continues to develop movers and shakers in Philadelphia and in the world.

This year’s law alumni honorees demonstrate that fact. Former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER was honored for his public service and commitment to the university. He was the youngest person elected to the Pennsylvania Senate. And went on to build a thriving law practice that focuses mostly on personal injury and criminal defense. He also has a very popular local radio show in which he interviews VIPs from all walks of life.

Also being honored was dean of the law school JOANNE EPPS who has been a warrior for equality and fairness. Another trial lawyer MARNIE KATZ was honored for her public service and philanthropy as was LOUIS CARLSON from the prestigious law firm of Archer & Greiner. Special guest was LT. GOV. MIKE STACK who awarded Citations to the Honorees.

The aforementioned Stack was also awarded the champion of the equality award by the Allentown area LGBT community. Its leader is ADRIAN SHANKER, who has made great strides in gaining political strength for the Lehigh Valley’s LGBT community. Former Philadelphia police officer and current Allentown Police COMMISSIONER JOEL FITZGERALD also received a Champion of Equality award. After serving in the ranks of the Philadelphia police, Fitzgerald became Allentown chief and served with distinction. He will now take an executive position in law-enforcement in Fort Worth, Tex.

Democratic WARD LEADER and union activist LOU AGRE is a member of the Local 542 Operating Engineers. The Operating Engineers represent ship workers at the Navy Yard. Thanks in part to Lou’s great leadership, four new ships are being built at the shipyard. A great partnership has been formed with Kinder Morgan & Aker, which means 1,200 permanent jobs and 700 associated jobs – not bad for a city that supposedly no longer has manufacturing base.

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