The recent articles about Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell seem sensationalized and one-sided. Each new story contains bits and pieces of information that try to paint a picture and plant a seed of doubt about Ramsdell’s character.
I could see this type of scrutiny if Ramsdell had a history of his integrity being called into question, but that is not the case. He has worked tirelessly to improve the standing of the TPD.
Ramsdell was with and supported Zina Linnik’s family every step of the way. Zina’s case was the first Amber Alert for the TPD. Any problems that led to the delay in issuing the Amber Alert have been remedied.
City Manager Eric Anderson has stated that he does not think the chief lied. Both Anderson and Mayor Marilyn Strickland have stated that they support and stand by Ramsdell, as do I.