The first time Mayor Catherine Pugh called Judge Andre M. Davis to offer him a job as Baltimore’s top lawyer, he turned her down.
And the second time.
Eventually, though, Davis gave in.
“My easy and quick answer was ‘no,’ ” Davis recalls. “‘I’m not leaving the bench. I love the work.’
“She came back a couple of times and prompted me to think more deeply about possibilities.”
It’s not often a federal appellate court judge — even one, like Davis, in semi-retired senior status — leaves to become a municipal employee. But Davis made the jump.
The reason? Baltimore — with its high crime rate and its police department under court-ordered reforms — needs the...