Report: DeKalb County Police Chief applies for top job in Austin

Mirtha Ramos. Photo provided by DeKalb County

DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb County Police Chief Mirtha Ramos is considering leaving her post.

According to NPR’s Austin station, Ramos is among nearly four dozen candidates who have applied to be the police chief in Austin, Texas.

She’s among the more than a dozen candidates with experience as a police chief.

NPR reports, “while the population of Dekalb County is closer to Austin’s size, Ramos’ department likely polices a smaller population than the one here. Dekalb County includes the city of Decatur, but it has its own police department. The Dekalb County Police Department’s website says its officers mostly oversee unincorporated parts of the county in addition to two small cities.”

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The Atlanta Objective, a newsletter published by local journalist George Chidi, initially reported the news.

“Ramos, I was surprised to learn earlier this year, does not have an employment contract with DeKalb County,” Chidi wrote. “She could quit without notice with no penalty.”

DeKalb County hired her in 2019. She previously worked with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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