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Ramsey Too Expensive for Supt. Job: Report



    Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has turned down a possible offer to return to his hometown of Chicago as the Windy City's top cop. Instead Ramsey is staying in the City of Brotherly Love. (Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011)

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will not be heading to Chicago to become the top cop.

    He will remain in Philadelphia, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.

    Ramsey has been mentioned as a top choice to fill the vacant Superintendant job in Chicago. He and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel met privately to discuss the job, but apparently the two couldn't agree on compensation. .

    The Sun-Times reports that Ramsey demanded $400,000 for the job, but Emanuel found that figure unacceptable.

    Officials from Philadelphia are happy to hear they'll keep their top cop.

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said in a press conference Wednesday that he's offered Ramsey a new salary of $255,000, up from $195,000.

    "The best news today in Philadelphia turns out to be non-news: Charles Ramsey is still police commissioner,"  Congressman Chaka Fattah said in a statement. "And hats off to Mayor Nutter for persuading Commissioner Ramsey to stay right here.”

    The Emanuel campaign issued this statement.

    "The Mayor-elect continues to conduct a thorough process to identify the candidate best suited to lead the Police Department -- a candidate who shares his philosophy that the beat officer is the backbone of the force," spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an emailed statement. "There has been strong interest both inside the Department and around the country.  Applications are due to the Police Board on Monday and he looks forward to reviewing the candidates that the Board selects."