Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced on Wednesday that he will retire after exactly eight years on the job.
"I want to thank everybody for giving me the opportunity to serve in this great city," he said.
Ramsey's retirement will be effective on January 7th, the anniversary of his swearing-in back in 2008. He thanked Mayor Michael Nutter, whose second term also ends in January, WPVI TV reports.
"I came out of retirement to come to Philadelphia and work for him, and I'm honored to leave with him as well," Ramsey said.
A new mayor will take office, and Ramsey said the new mayor needs to be able to pick his or her own team. But, he says there is no better choice in the country than first deputy commissioner Richard Ross.