Four months after Joel Fitzgerald had to abruptly pull his name from consideration to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner, the Fort Worth police chief has been suspended from a state police union back home in Texas.
The release continued, “so, while the chief has been openly ridiculing union membership, union benefits and union lawyers, he secretly sought to avail himself of those same benefits,” Charley Wilkinson, the union’s executive director, said.
Fitzgerald did not respond to The Baltimore Sun’s request for comments through a department spokesman, but the spokesman wrote in an email Monday that Fitzgerald and his wife “have not been notified of any membership suspension.”
Department spokesman Officer Tracy Carter wrote in an email that the timing of the union’s statement is “concerning” because Fitzgerald told the union’s vice president the day before the union’s statement that he was considering filing an ethical complaint against the union’s legal counsel.
The Fort Worth chief withdrew his name from consideration to become Baltimore’s police chief in January after his 13-year-old had a medical emergency requiring two rounds of brain surgery.