Betsy Fretwell(5) - Getzen 2014

The Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability, an annual lecture series presented by the Department of Public Administration and Policy is made possible by UGA alumni Katherine Getzen Willoughby (PhD ‘91) and Dan Hall Willoughby, Jr. (JD ‘86) in honor of her parents, Evangeline Sferes Getzen and Forrest William Getzen, lifelong advocates of public service and education.


2017 Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability

presented by Charles H. Ramsey

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 • 1:30 pm
UGA Chapel

A reception will follow at the UGA Founder’s Memorial Garden.

Charles H. Ramsey is the former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and former Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC). A native of Chicago, Ramsey joined the Chicago Police Department as an 18-year old cadet in 1968 where he served as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Additionally, he served as Commander of the Narcotics Section from 1989 to 1992 before spending two years as a Deputy Chief of police force’s Patrol Division, In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Superintendent.

A nationally recognized innovator, educator and practitioner of community policing, Chief Ramsey is known for refocusing the Philadelphia Police Department and the MPDC on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new equipment and technology, and an enhanced strategy of community policing. Ramsey headed President Obama’s task force on 21st century policing.

Ramsey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He has served as an adjunct professor at Lewis University and Northwestern University.

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2006: David M. Walker, Former Director, Government Accountability Office
2007: Alice M. Rivlin, Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
2008: Lee H. Hamilton, Former U.S. Congressman / Co-chair, Iraq Study Group / Former vice chair, 9/11 Commission
2009: Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
2010: Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator
2011: Thad W. Allen, Retired Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard / Chief Federal Officer, Deepwater Horizon oil spill
2012: Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
2013: Henry J. Aaron, Health care expert and economist, The Brookings Institution
2014: Betsy Fretwell, City Manager, Las Vegas
2016: James Clifford “Jim” Miller III, Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
2017: Charles H. Ramsey, Former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department / Former Co-Chair, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing