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Chief Ramsey's Contract Looks Expired At First Blush (english)
21 Apr 2003
DC Police Chief Ramsey lied repeatedly about the use of
tear gas, saying it was never used, that the protesters
used it, that it was used by mistake, and finally, that
it was used.
Can you believe that we're paying this man well over
150,000 dollars a year to brutalize us, lie about us,
slander us, manipulate the media about us, and just
generally be a putz?
Maybe this year we should simply stop paying him.
He never renewed his contract. It expired on
Adolf Hitler's birthday. Exactly 5 years to
the day after he signed it.
A. Termination for Cause
The Authority shall have the right to terminate Mr. Ramsey
for cause if he (i) violates any material provision of this
Agreement and does not cure said breach after receiving
fifteen (15) days written notice thereof, (ii) commits
acts of fraud or dishonesty, (iii) is convicted of any
crime other than minor traffic offenses, or (iv) commits
any act which would result in the termination of a uniform[ed]
member of the MPD or other District executive or employee. If
Mr. Ramsey is terminated for cause, he shall be entitled to
compensation payable under this Agreement through the last
date of his actual employment. Upon such payment of all
obligations under this Agreement that are then outstanding,
this Agreement shall terminate. Notice of such termination
must be given to Mr. Ramsey in writing, specifying the reasons
for such Termination, Mr. Ramsey shall be entitled to a hearing
before the Authority in executive session to discuss the reason
for termination. Termination for cause requires a consensus of
the majority of the members of the Authority.
B. Termination Without Cause
(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement,
the Authority shall have the right to discontinue the services
of Mr. Ramsey. Notice of such termination must be given to Mr.
Ramsey in writing by the Chair of the Authority, a designated
Member of the Authority, other designee of the Authority, or
(ii) In the event that within two (2) years of the date of this
Agreement, Mr. Ramsey is terminated for any reason other than
those described in the paragraph above, Mr. Ramsey shall be
entitled to receive a lump sum of $150,000 as severance pay,
within thirty (3) days of termination, and all other benefits
under this Agreement or other benefits equivalent to those under
this Agreement. If Mr. Ramsey so elects, health and life insurance
programs, including dependent coverage shall continue for 12 months
or until Mr. Ramsey obtains other employment, whichever occurs first.
(iii) In the event that Mr. Ramsey is terminated for any reason other
than those described in the paragraph A above, after two year[s] of
the date of this contract, Mr. Ramsey shall be entitled to receive
a lump sum payment of $75,000 as severance pay, within thirty (30)
days of termination, and all other benefits under this Agreement or
other benefits equivalent to those under this Agreement. If Mr. Ramsey
so elects, health and life insurance programs, including dependent
coverage shall continue for 6 months or until Mr. Ramsey obtains
other employment, whichever occurs first.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Chief Ramsey served
in the Chicago Police Department for nearly three
decades in a variety of assignments. He began his
career in 1968, at the age of 18, as a Chicago Police
cadet. He became a police officer in February 1971,
and was promoted through the ranks, eventually
serving as commander of patrol, detectives and