CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is preparing to make his choice for a new police superintendent, and Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirms he has been contacted about the job.
Ramsey says he was contacted once by Emanuel over the weekend.
“It was just a very good conversation about policing; about the city,” Ramsey said. “We talked about education. We talked about a variety of things.”
Ramsey, 60, has been the police commissioner in Philadelphia since 2008, and before that served as police chief in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2006.
But he spent nearly 30 years on the Chicago Police force. He signed on as a cadet in 1968, and climbed the ranks to Narcotics Section commander, deputy chief of the Patrol Division, and 1994, deputy superintendent, before he went to Washington.
KYW Newsradio 1060 in Philadelphia reports that there is growing speculation in the City of Brotherly Love that Ramsey will be making the move to Chicago.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tells the station that Ramsey has not decided whether to come to Chicago, and that he hopes Ramsey will stay in Philadelphia.
“He has nowhere near made any kind of decision,” Nutter told KYW Newsrasdio earlier this week. ”But he has already said publicly that when faced with that kind of circumstance, it’s something you have to think about.”