Councilmembers Robert Stokes and Kristerfer Burnett, the chairman and vice chairman of the executive appointments committee, are meeting with New Orleans clergy, activists, business leaders, law enforcement officials and politicians.
They are expected to document the conversations they have and produce a report for their colleagues and the public.
The council delegation’s visit follows one to vet Pugh’s previous selection, Fort Worth, Texas, chief Joel Fitzgerald. That trip resulted in a 216-page report that underscored how divided members of the Fort Worth community were over Fitzgerald. He withdrew as the nominee after one of his sons suffered a medical emergency.
While council leaders have promised to scrutinize Harrison as closely as Fitzgerald, the mayor’s team has been working to ensure her new selection has a smoother confirmation process.
Harrison plans to start Feb. 11 as acting commissioner and meet with community members in each of the city’s nine police districts before the formal confirmation process begins. Fitzgerald remained in Texas and had met few people in Baltimore, even as hearings on his nomination began.