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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 2, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Howard Neukrug, who retired as Philadelphia water commissioner at the end of 2015, is joining two University of Pennsylvania research centers on Friday as a senior fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Neukrug, who worked with the city for 37 years including five as the Water Department's chief executive, will jointly serve the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at PennDesign and the Fels Policy Research Initiative at the School of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of the university's civil and urban engineering program, Neukrug was an adjunct professor at Penn.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
REMEMBER Whitney White ? Probably not. Allow us to refresh your memory. White is the former Delaware River Port Authority commissioner who resigned last summer after a Daily News story delved into his bankruptcies, a so-called think tank in Northern Liberties and a network of failed corporations that had sought government contracts. Nice enough guy, White seemed, but probably not a person you want overseeing a debt-ridden public agency with a $290 million budget and a history of cronyism.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
WHEN IT came time to build his administration last fall, Mayor Kenney didn't hesitate to turn to some familiar faces. Richard Ross was appointed the city's police commissioner. Mike DeBerardinis was tapped to be managing director. Debbie Mahler, Kenney's longtime aide in City Council, was named deputy mayor for intergovernmental affairs. But Kenney, the son of a retired Philadelphia fire battalion chief, committed himself early on to conducting a national search for a fire commissioner.
NEWS
January 12, 2016
VALLEY FORGE. The Suffragette Movement. The March on Selma. The right to vote for men and women of all races in America has been secured only at high cost and after long, hard struggles. On the other hand, the Founding Fathers and the champions of civil rights never said we had to vote. At least that's the way City Commissioner Anthony Clark put it the other day, when he was elected to another term as chair of the City Commissioners, the three-member body that oversees elections in the city.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PRISONS Commissioner Louis Giorla, who has spent 33 years working in Philly prisons including nearly eight in the top post, will retire in January. The son of a correctional officer, Giorla started his prisons career in 1982, as a correctional officer at the House of Correction, and has held every rank since then except deputy commissioner. He has presided over the city's six prisons through plenty of highs and lows. Among the lows: An ongoing class-action lawsuit over crowding and prison conditions and calls for outside oversight after several controversial inmate deaths and excessive force incidents.
NEWS
October 16, 2015
WHEN CHARLES Ramsey arrived in Philadelphia as police commissioner in 2008, he was not above responding to police calls as he drove around the city, and his arrival at scenes must have shocked his officers - to say nothing of the astonished perpetrators. That is a story of a cop to his core. And yet, at the same time he wore it lightly. His gift as a leader and chief law enforcement official was that his uniform never entirely hid the guy wearing it. He was unafraid to speak his mind, unafraid to show his frustration over failings of his department, or sorrow over its losses.
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.
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