Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. A gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, wounded six police officers before surrendering early Thursday, after a 7 ½-hour standoff.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia police commissioner resigning, mayor says

August 20, 2019 - 2:52 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says the police commissioner is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department.

Mayor Jim Kenney says that Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city as a whole and that he's disappointed to lose him.

But Kenney says in a news release Tuesday that in light of the new allegations, Ross' "resignation is in the best interest of the department."

Just last week, after a gunman was taken into custody following an long standoff, Kenney called Ross the best police commissioner in America.

Kenney has named Deputy Commissioner Christine Coulter as acting commissioner of one of the nation's largest police departments during the search for Ross' replacement.