REACTIONS poured in throughout yesterday after Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced at a City Hall news conference that he would end his eight-year tenure in Philadelphia by retiring in January:
* "Philadelphia is, was and will be very, very lucky to benefit from the talent and dedication of Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey."
- Mayor Nutter
* "I think Chief Ramsey and John Timoney were the two best police commissioners we've had in the 45 years I've been involved in government in Philadelphia."
- Former Gov. Ed Rendell
* "I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Commissioner Charles 'Chuck' Ramsey for his nearly five decades of leadership and service with some of this nation's largest law enforcement agencies . . . I am extraordinarily grateful for Chuck's service and wish him an enjoyable and restful retirement."
- President Obama
* "Commissioner Ramsey has served the city of Philadelphia with excellence and integrity.
Philadelphia is a safer city on his watch, as well as a national model for efforts to improve police-community relations. He has earned our gratitude and congratulations as he retires from public service."
- City Council President
* "For nearly 50 years Charles Ramsey has served our nation in critical law enforcement capacities, including serving as Philadelphia police commissioner since 2008. Today as he announces his decision to retire at the end of the year, we honor his lifetime of service and wish him well in the next chapter of his life."
- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
* "In addition to being incredibly accountable and embracing innovation through data-based policing, Commissioner Ramsey brought calm and clarity to the challenge. Whether he was supporting the families and friends of fallen officers or interacting with the community, he showed himself as a consummate professional and a strong, caring leader."
- District Attorney Seth
* "He did some really good things for the department, and especially for our families of officers killed in the line of duty. I have to stress, he really did a lot for those people."
- John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5