The withdrawal follows a medical emergency involving Fitzgerald’s son, which led Mayor Catherine Pugh’s team to cancel a round of meetings and public hearings scheduled in Baltimore beginning in early January.
Let's not forget this nomination began to unravel when the news media and others rightfully pointed out the lack of transparency about Joel Fitzgerald's resume. It's a good lesson for all. https://t.co/Z2GyCfolfD
Plain and simple, many felt that Fitzgerald lacked the right demeanor and experience for the job. Whoever the next commissioner is will be tasked with reforming the department and curbing the city’s violence.
Don’t see how Council can confirm Fitzgerald given no background report, no community outreach, inflated claims on his resume, false testimony by his former employer and opposition from city residents. How can possibly justify his confirmation? What can they hang their hats on?
Joel Fitzgerald lacks adequate respect for the divide between the people and BPD, and the resistance to change within BPD. He also lacks experience leading in a place with these problems, or a department of this size.
If not Fitzgerald, then who? Baltimore has some ideas.
Mayor Pugh has burned a year in seeking a permanent replacements for Commissioner Davis. Have to go with internal candidates with existing community and City Council support. —William Washington
I highly recommend Mr. TJ Smith to be Baltimore Police Department (BPD) police commissioner!!! He’s passionate about Baltimore and passionate about helping others. He knows how to bring people together and he’s diplomatic and shows transparency between police department, community leaders and governmental administration. —Patrick Cox
Gary Tuggle is a native of Baltimore but, he possesses true core values, which means he can’t be bought or sold by Baltimore politics and culture. —Karl Colder
What I envision for the next Baltimore Police Commissioner is an insider outsider! Someone who has had a career in policing in Baltimore City, achieved a senior executive level rank within the department, but has not been apart of the current culture of policing in the city that the FBI can date back to 2008. —Sam Johnson
I believe the only jurisdiction with enough experienced police officers from which to recruit a new police Baltimore City commissioner is New York City. The experience and continued support from former mentors in NYC might prove to be the greatest asset. —Anonymous