Baltimore Police Commissioner Daryl De Sousa has appointed a second former Drug Enforcement Administration official to his top command staff, this time overseeing internal affairs.

Chief David Cali, who spent 27 years as a DEA agent, now heads the police department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which oversees internal affairs, anti-corruption and ethical investigations, and the equal opportunity and diversity section.


Cali could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Cali replaces Chief Rodney Hill, who had been in charge of internal investigations since 2013 and announced his retirement in March.

Hill's tenure was defined in part by a series of high-profile incidents within the department, including the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody in 2015, the subsequent Justice Department investigation and report on widespread unconstitutional practices within the department in 2016, and last year's federal indictments of the agency's corrupt Gun Trace Task Force.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has appointed Gary Tuggle, a former top-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration official, as his deputy commissioner of strategic and support services, the department announced Friday.

Those issues have prompted an array of reforms in the department, including under a federal consent decree, some of which speak to how the department oversees officers and investigates misconduct allegations — reforms Cali will now help implement and oversee.

According to the police department, Cali's last assignment at the DEA was as acting deputy chief inspector in the Office of Inspections at DEA headquarters, where he "oversaw DEA's internal inspection program globally, ensuring DEA's 10,000 employees stationed around the world, adhered to, and complied with, established policies and procedures."

He also worked with the DEA's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is charged with investigating allegations of employee misconduct, the police department said.

Cali is the second DEA official to join De Sousa's top command. In March, De Sousa appointed Gary Tuggle, another former DEA official, as deputy commissioner of strategic and support services.

Baltimore has made incremental progress reforming its police department under its year-old consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, city officials and their federal overseers agreed at the first public court hearing since the deal was inked last spring.

De Sousa also has made other command staff changes recently.

Col. Perry Stanfield, a former lieutenant who jumped several command ranks when De Sousa brought him out of retirement earlier this year to serve as the chief of patrol, has been reassigned to head the Institute for Community Police Relations & Downtown Engagement, police confirmed.

A department spokesman could not immediately explain what that entity does, or why Stanfield was reassigned after only three months at the helm of the department's largest division.

Lt. Col. Deron Garrity — who formerly served under Stanfield overseeing patrol on the city's entire east side — has been selected to replace Stanfield as chief of patrol, serving as an acting colonel, police said.

Police said a new organizational chart was not immediately available.