D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey yesterday announced the appointment of 23 officials and the demotions of four, including Assistant Chief Sonya T. Proctor, who had served as acting chief before he took the job.
Chief Ramsey, who announced the sweeping changes within the hierarchy of the demoralized Metropolitan Police Department during a press conference, said the personnel changes were necessary to begin restructuring the department under a plan that he initially outlined last week. The new plan abolishes most investigative details and divides the city into three Regional Operations Commands, which are called ROCs.
"We are in a period of transition now. The assistant chiefs will be taking on the responsibilities and putting the flesh on the bones of our new strategy that will be in operation in October," Chief Ramsey said, as he stood outside of the First District station on Fourth Street SW with the officials who will run the department with him.
"There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are putting ourselves in a position to roll up our sleeves to get started," the chief said.
The most visibly absent from the chief's press conference were Chief Proctor and Assistant Chief Rodney Monroe. The Washington Times first …