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NEWS
February 22, 1998
Philadelphia has a new police commissioner, John F. Timoney, and we are opening up a Community Voices page for you to share your concerns with him. Whether you live in the city or commute in regularly, tell him what the No. 1 crime problem is in the neighborhood where you live or work and how he should address it. Send responses by March 6 to Community Voices/Commissioner at the addresses and fax number in the Where to Write box above....
NEWS
April 10, 2009
COMMISSIONER Ramsey shame on you! Where is the accountability, responsibility and credibility of the police department leadership? Stop-and-frisk is a bad idea. Beat them down in the streets caught on camera by Fox 29. They didn't shoot him enough times. Cops doing home invasion and selling crack in the 18th District. Drug cops robbing citizens and store owners. Cops lying on arrest warrants to search homes. Cops violating the law concerning informants. Racist cop describing how he hates the people he's supposed to protect and serve in the 22nd District.
NEWS
July 25, 2003
AS A former Philadelphia assistant district attorney, I am outraged about the support that Mayor Street and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson are giving to convicted felon and purported drug dealer Edward "Joe-Joe" Terrell. Is the mayor's Safe Streets program such a failure that the best success story that the mayor can find is a man who was arrested in April on felony drug charges and who faces a mandatory prison sentence of 3 to 6 years if convicted? And, for that matter, since when do police commissioners testify on "behalf" of defendants at their preliminary hearings, as Commissioner Johnson has promised to do?
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
In the beginning, he was an undisputed symbol of pride and progress. Harold Byrd Hairston: Philadelphia's first African-American fire commissioner. "This didn't take courage at all," Mayor Rendell said in announcing the appointment eight years ago this month. "Harold Hairston was the best person for the job. " Hairston was keenly aware of the history he was making, having been born in Jim Crow-era Greensboro, N.C. "What I hope [my appointment] means is that people recognize that with hard work you can get any position that is available in this department," he said then.
NEWS
January 29, 2008
THE ORIGINAL impressions of Police Commissioner Ramsey are generally good. To his credit, he has been meeting with the community to understand our needs and goals for the police. But there is one aspect of his uniforms that I find bothersome. Ramsey and other chiefs come to public meetings with four stars on each shoulder and enough scrambled eggs on their caps for a large buffet. You don't reach people by trying to show how much you look like a General of the Armies. The army is large enough to need the stars for differentiation.
NEWS
December 7, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Timothy O'Brien has become the city's youngest bail commissioner, but probably the most experienced in court procedures. During the past nine years, O'Brien, 30, has worked his way up from an officer in Traffic Court to a crier in Common Pleas Court. After applying for the bail commissioner's job last year, O'Brien took a college course on "minor judiciary education," and hoped for the best. He was unanimously elected to the $48,000-a-year post at a meeting of the Municipal Court Board of Judges.
NEWS
February 27, 2002
HE SERVED as deputy commissioner of operations, the second highest-ranking officer in the department responsible for police operations. He was former Police Commissioner John Timoney's chief adviser. He was the main architect and guide of Operation Sunrise, a multi-agency anti-drug operation in the city in 1998, also a decorated law-enforcement chief, having been awarded over 30 department commendations. He is also active in the community. So why does Mayor Street hesitate to appoint interim Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson police commissioner?
NEWS
February 8, 2002 | By ELMER SMITH
MEMO TO Sylvester Johnson: Remember, you asked for it. You could have retired in comfort, collecting stay-home pay equal to your take-home pay-even more, when you factor in what you'd save on Pepto Bismol and aspirin. You could have been on the sofa with your feet up, or tending your tulips, or visiting the grandkids or whatever it is cops do when they finally unpin their badges and turn in their guns. Instead, Interim Commissioner Sylvester Johnson will spend the next few angst-filled days with one hand on his beeper and the other on his bicarbonate, waiting to see which of the 349,211 things that could go wrong will go wrong at the NBA-All Star weekend or at the upcoming Mardis Gras slam drunk contest.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR THE TIME being, problem officers in the Police Department reportedly will go unpunished. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Inquirer yesterday that he is temporarily suspending all disciplinary action against officers. Ramsey's decision comes after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled this week that changes Ramsey made to the department's disciplinary code were unfair. The ruling was reported by the Daily News yesterday. Attempts to reach Ramsey, who was attending a law-enforcement conference in San Francisco, were unsuccessful last night.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | Catherine Lucey
MAYOR NUTTER announced Wednesday that Carlton Williams, a deputy commissioner in the Streets Department, will be the new commissioner of the Department of Licenses & Inspections. Williams, who oversees the Streets Department's sanitation division and the city's recycling efforts, recently won the city's Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. He has worked for the city for 12 years, in both the streets and recreation departments. L&I's current commissioner, Fran Burns, is leaving the administration in early June to head the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.
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NEWS
July 7, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FIRE COMMISSIONER Derrick Sawyer has fired back at the firefighters union in the yearslong battle over appropriate staffing levels. The Daily News earlier this week reported that the city ran out of available medic units multiple times on the same day. The department had acknowledged that a large influx of calls left the city without any available ambulances for 11 minutes beginning about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The problem arose again about 5:30 p.m. that same day, when numerous ambulances had to respond to a horrific food-truck explosion in Feltonville that left 13 people injured, including five critically.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday announced that Derrick Sawyer will replace retiring Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Sawyer, a 29-year Fire Department veteran and Northeast Philly resident, is deputy commissioner of operations. He has degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia and Holy Family University, and is pursuing a graduate degree in homeland security at the Naval Postgraduate School. After 22 years in the Air Force Reserve, Sawyer retired in 2000 as a master sergeant. The mayor yesterday also unveiled a series of historic appointments in the second tier of the department brass, including Diane Schweizer as the first female deputy commissioner and two new executive directors: Peter Crespo and Yolanda Stallings, who will be the first Latino and female African-American to hold those positions, respectively.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR THE TIME being, problem officers in the Police Department reportedly will go unpunished. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Inquirer yesterday that he is temporarily suspending all disciplinary action against officers. Ramsey's decision comes after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled this week that changes Ramsey made to the department's disciplinary code were unfair. The ruling was reported by the Daily News yesterday. Attempts to reach Ramsey, who was attending a law-enforcement conference in San Francisco, were unsuccessful last night.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SIXERS OWNER Josh Harris recently deemed his team's 19-63 season a "huge success. " A lot of fans called it "tanking. " NBA commissioner Adam Silver prefers to call it "rebuilding. " "I don't think rebuilding should be a dirty word," he said yesterday at the Associated Press Sports Editors commissioners meetings in New York. "I think it's necessary in any business. I think bad teams have to make their own strategic decisions. That's not something we're looking to legislate from the league.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WELL, THIS is going nowhere fast. A visibly frustrated Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey held a joint news conference yesterday with District Attorney Seth Williams to again implore anyone with firsthand knowledge of 16-year-old Darrin Manning's controversial encounter with Philly cops to speak up. Manning, a student at Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School, told Daily News columnist Helen UbiƱas last month that he suffered a...
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
PHIL WOOSNAM, the former Welsh soccer star who served as the North American Soccer League's commissioner and had a brief stint as coach of the U.S. national team, has died. He was 80. U.S. Soccer said yesterday that Woosnam died Friday in Dunwoody, Ga., of complications related to prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Woosnam played for a number of pro clubs - including English teams Aston Villa, West Ham and Leyton Orient - during a 16-year career and earned 17 caps with the Welsh national team.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO
POLICE Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday that he has ordered Internal Affairs to reopen the 18 complaints civilians filed against disgraced narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker during his 24-year career. Walker, 44, was caught after allegedly stealing $15,000 from a Philadelphia Housing Authority-owned rowhouse in Kingsessing Tuesday in an FBI sting. Ramsey suspended him from the force with the intent to dismiss. The Daily News found that none of the previous Internal Affairs complaints, which accused Walker of misdeeds ranging from physical assaults to theft, was ever sustained.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, BARBARA LAKER & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
ROCHELLE BILAL, the Philadelphia police officer who championed the rights of her black colleagues as Guardian Civic League president, has been quietly working a side job in violation of city police rules. When a Daily News reporter asked Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey about Bilal's secret gig on Thursday, he immediately called the police Internal Affairs Bureau and ordered an investigation. "They're taking a look at when she was working out there and whether she has started already," Ramsey said.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FORMER city Bail Commissioner Tim O'Brien was arrested Sunday for allegedly roughing up his girlfriend. O'Brien, 50, allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by her hair and smacked her face into a wall on March 31, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. on Pickwick Street near Almond, in Port Richmond. The 35-year-old woman, whom the Daily News is not identifying, was taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment, Russell said.
SPORTS
February 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is just 17 months into a 10-year labor agreement with its players. You would think the relationship between the league and the NFL Players Association would be all warm and fuzzy right now. You would think commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would be having a lot of three-martini lunches together and plotting how to make a filthy-rich league even filthy richer. You would think. Truth is, the two sides have spent much more time together in court and grievance hearings since shaking hands on a new CBA in August 2011 than they have sipping martinis.
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