Attorney General William Barr appointed former Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay to a new presidential police safety commission Wednesday.
Ramsay, who served as police chief from 2006 to early 2016, will sit on the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, which was tasked to study a multitude of issues related to law enforcement, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
He left Duluth to lead the largest police department in Kansas, where he still serves as Wichita's chief of police.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in October that authorized Barr to create a commission that would "explore modern issues affecting law enforcement that most impact the ability of American policing to reduce crime."
Among topics the commission will study include law enforcement challenges like mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse and other social factors that influence crime; law enforcement recruitment, hiring, training and retention; prosecutor refusal to enforce laws or prosecute crime; the need to promote public confidence and respect for law enforcement; and technology's effect on law enforcement.
Ramsay was appointed alongside other urban police chiefs, state prosecutors, county sheriffs, rural law enforcement members, federal agents, U.S. attorneys and a state attorney general.
"In addition to their diverse experiences and backgrounds, each member brings to the commission an expertise in formulating and shaping law enforcement policy and leading police departments and law enforcement organizations," the news release read.
Erica Macdonald, a U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota, was also appointed.