Deputy police chief to lead Bellingham department through 2012

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville announced Deputy Police Chief Mark Gill will serve as acting police chief through the end of 2012.

Gill will start in the new position immediately in place of departing chief Todd Ramsay, who announced his retirement in September. Ramsay will be on medical leave for the rest of the year.

In a message to Bellingham Police Department employees and other city staff, Ramsay thanked his employees and colleagues for their dedication to the community.

“I want to thank all of you for your hard work, passion for caring for the members of our community and dedication toward the mission of the city and the Bellingham Police Department,” he said, according to a press release from the city. “I continue to be amazed by the strength, dedication and professionalism you each bring to your jobs every day.”

Linville praised Ramsay’s many accomplishments during his more than 30 years in public safety.

“Chief Ramsay has made many contributions to our community throughout his many years with the department,” Linville said. “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.”

Mark Gill, 56, has served with the Bellingham Police Department for more than 30 years.

He began serving on the department’s leadership team in 1996 and was appointed to the position of deputy chief for administrative services in 2010.

Linville said the search for an official replacement is underway, and a new chief of police should be picked by the end of year.

Gill said he is not a candidate for the open position.

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