PHILADELPHIA — The city’s police commissioner suddenly resigned from his job, Tuesday, less than a week after taking part in negotiations during the standoff in which six of his officers were shot.
Then he added the reason.
“New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention. While those allegations do not accuse Comm. Ross of harassment, I do ultimately believe his resignation is in the best interest of the department.”Mayor Jim Kenney
According to Mayor Kenney,
“Last summer, the city implemented a new sexual harassment prevention policy and a series of internal reforms. …
“I do not believe the police department has taken the necessary actions to address the underlying cultural issues that too often negatively impact women — especially women of color. I will be enlisting the help of an independent firm to investigate the recent allegations and to make recommendations to overcome some of the discrimination and harassment within the department. …
“I believe new leadership will help us continue to reform the department and show that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination simply will not be tolerated.”
Ross has been with the Philadelphia Police Department since 1989. Kenney appointed him commissioner in Jan., 2016.
As of Ross’ resignation, Kenney named Deputy Commissioner of Organizational Services Christine Coulter as Acting Commissioner.
“She is responsible for professional support services that enable officers and commanders in the field to have the training, equipment and support personnel that is needed to prevent, combat and solve crime in Philadelphia. She also oversees development of the department’s use of technology as a tool in community engaged policing and smart policing.”
“Deputy Coulter is an experienced police commander with nearly 30 years of law enforcement service,” Kenney said. “She has diverse experience in patrol operations, narcotics intelligence, and investigations. I have full faith in her ability to lead the department during this time of transition.”
Acting Comm. Coulter already has former Comm. Ross’ Twitter handle, @PPDCommish.
Continuing Coverage: Philadelphia Police Department
- Philadelphia hires ‘Outlaw’ as next police commissioner, Dec. 30, 2019
- State Reps. thank Ross, Philadelphia Police replace him on web, Aug. 22, 2019
- Details of the harassment, discrimination suit that led Police Comm. Ross to resign Aug. 21, 2019 (late evening)
- Police Comm. Richard Ross quits amid harassment, discrimination allegations against officers Aug. 21, 2019 (just after midnight)
- State Reps. thank Ross, Philadelphia Police replace him on web Aug. 22, 2019
- Police shooting suspect facing charges over Wednesday standoff, drugs Aug. 17, 2019
- See the 6 police officers shot in the line of duty Aug. 16, 2019
- Suspect surrenders after 6 officers shot, 3 more injured; ‘Miracle’ police all out of hospitals Aug. 14, 2019
- The war on guns, from Philadelphia to the feds Aug. 9, 2019