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....
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.
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?
June 9, 2000 |
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.
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.
December 7, 1992 |
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.
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?
February 8, 2002 |
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.
June 1, 2014 |
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.
May 11, 2012 |
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.