Bellingham Police chief will retire at year's end

Bellingham Police Chief Todd Ramsay plans to retire from his position by the end of 2012, according to a Sept. 4 announcement released by the city.

“It has been an amazing 30-plus years with the department and the wonderful people that dedicate themselves to service with the City of Bellingham,” Ramsay said, in a statement sent to city officials and staff. “It has been my honor and privilege to be able to serve our community with all of you.”

Ramsay started at the Bellingham Police Department as an intern in 1983. He became a commissioned officer in 1987.

He took over as police chief in February 2008.

The retirement announcement highlighted Ramsay’s work forming the neighborhood anti-crime team and his strong advocacy for youth.

“Chief Ramsay has made so many contributions to our community throughout his many years with the department,” said Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, in the announcement. “I thank him for his commitment to the public—especially the youth of our community— and for his service to the city of Bellingham. I wish him the very best as he makes this transition.”

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