WASHINGTON (AP) _ Chicago deputy police superintendent Charles Ramsey met today with city officials to discuss their offer to put him in charge of the troubled police department in the nation's capital.

Mayor Marion Barry and other officials were expected to announce the appointment at a news conference with Ramsey later today.

Ramsey said Barry called him Wednesday to offer him the job.

``It's an exciting challenge. I'm looking forward to it,'' said Ramsey as he headed into the meeting with city leaders.

His appointment would have to be approved by both the city council and a congressionally appointed financial control board overseeing the metropolitan government.

Ramsey, a lifelong Chicagoan, would succeed Larry D. Soulsby, who abruptly resigned last November as city's police chief amid reports of widespread mismanagement in the 3,600-employee department. Assistant Police Chief Sonya T. Proctor has served as acting chief in the interim.