Embattled DA appoints veteran cop as chief of county detectives

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Under federal indictment and facing calls for his resignation, embattled District Attorney Seth Williams on Monday continued to put his stamp on the office, appointing a veteran Philadelphia police official as acting chief of county detectives.


Staff Inspector Michael Cram, until recently the commanding officer of one of the city’s most violent police districts, will take over the role from Claude Thomas, who left the DA’s Office last week, according to a spokesman.

The move comes just a week after former DA Lynne M. Abraham and defense attorney Richard Sprague sued to try and remove him from office. Williams has also agreed to a temporary suspension of his law license, but has chosen to remain in office in an administrative capacity. He was indicted last month on corruption and bribery-related charges, but has pleaded not guilty.





Cram is a veteran of the police department and was promoted from captain to staff inspector last month after serving in North Philadelphia’s 25th District for three years. He will remain employed by the police department while detailed to the DA’s Office for his new role.

Williams, in a statement, praised Cram’s leadership, community engagement efforts, and military service, saying he “will be an enormous asset to the work we do.”

Williams also thanked Cram’s predecessor, Thomas, though he did not say why Thomas was no longer with the office. Spokesman Cameron Kline said Thomas’ last day was Friday but declined to comment further.
























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