October 30, 2015 |
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
October 30, 2015 |
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.
October 28, 2015 |
Baird Whitehead, president and chief executive of embattled Radnor oil producer Penn Virginia Corp., retired Monday before the company was scheduled to announce its third quarter earnings. Whitehead, who had led the company for four years, had previously announced his intention to retire this year. Edward B. Cloues, II, Penn Virginia's chairman and former chief executive of K-Tron International Inc., will step in as interim chief executive. In a statement, Cloues said his initial focus will be to work with Jeffries L.L.C.
October 27, 2015 |
The thousands of people who walked through the Gallery each day, hurrying to catch a train or get to a meeting, likely never noticed Carlos Morales sitting outside McDonald's and nursing a cup of coffee. He noticed them, though. For 11 years the 75-year-old retired musician would rise at 6:30 a.m., make coffee and eggs, and dress to kill - "always showered, clean-shaven, and perfumed," he said. He would catch the 64 bus outside his apartment in Belmont, then transfer to the Market-Frankford Line, heading underground to the Gallery with an ETA of 8:30.
October 22, 2015 |
Larry Berger started college thinking he might combine his interest in art with industrial design. He ended up going to law school, instead, a fortunate turn that led him to a long first career as a business lawyer with Morgan Lewis LLP and a second professional act as general counsel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Berger, 68, plans to retire from that position by the end of the year - and, when he does, he will have many stories to tell...
October 17, 2015 |
Presbyterian Senior Living said it will spend $6 million on capital projects over the next three years at Cathedral Village, a continuing-care retirement community in Philadelphia's Andorra neighhorhood. Another $4.5 million will be spent on an electric co-generation system. Cathedral Village became a subsidiary of Presbyterian Senior Living, of Dillsburg, Pa., in June. Both are tax-exempt organizations.
October 16, 2015 |
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey couldn't stand the thought of burying another one of his own. It was March, and he had long been thinking of retirement, ever since Mayor Nutter had won reelection. Even then, he had been "95 percent sure. " His career was at an apex - there had been presidential appointments, and prominent positions on national policing boards, and an unprecedented drop in homicides in a city once dubbed "Killadelphia. " And now he was eulogizing Sgt. Robert Wilson III, gunned down in a robbery gone wrong, the eighth officer he had laid to rest.
October 15, 2015 |
POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will announce his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference this morning at City Hall, the Daily News has learned. In an email last night, the Nutter administration alerted reporters to the fact that the mayor would make a "major public safety announcement" today, but offered no details. Earlier this year, Ramsey seemed open to staying on as commissioner even after Mayor Nutter's tenure ends in January. "I feel pretty good," Ramsey told the Daily News in March.
October 15, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, when Kimmo Timonen went to Chicago to take part in the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup celebration leading up to the new season, the 40-year-old was not simply taking part in the festivities. Sure, he went to a ring ceremony, then he was at United Center last Wednesday watching the team's banner unveiling and saw his name on the Cup. But he was also testing himself. When he went to Chicago's morning skate that day, he walked around the locker room for about 10 minutes. "I wanted to see if I got any kind of itch to put my gear on and go out there, but I didn't," Timonen said on a conference call over the weekend.
October 14, 2015 |
A Burlington County man who was fatally burned Sunday when his lawn mower burst into flames was a retired firefighter who had served in the job for decades, and had tried to share his experience with younger firefighters. Roger Lippincott, 79, taught classes at Burlington County's fire academy, and occasionally stopped by the Springfield Township Fire Company even after he retired, Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel said. "Some guys just disappear when they retire; he didn't," McDaniel said.