Here’s a rundown of the upcoming “meet and greet” meetings and hearings open to the public:
» Community leaders meeting: Mayor Catherine Pugh has scheduled a meeting with Fitzgerald specifically for community association and homeowner association presidents from around the city. It will take place 6 p.m. Friday at Baltimore City Community College at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.
» City Council meeting: The council will take comments from the public on the nomination at a 10 a.m. meeting Saturday in its chambers at City Hall.
» “Westside Community” meeting with Fitzgerald: A meet and greet with members of the community will be held 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
» “Eastside Community” meeting with Fitzgerald: A meet and greet with members of the community will be held 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Morgan State University, Morgan Business Center, 4200 Hillen Road.
» Second City Council meeting: At 5 p.m. Monday, the council will hold a second meeting in its City Hall chambers, during which members will question Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald needs to win a majority of 15 votes on the Baltimore City Council to secure the new job.
After a round of meetings with council members in late November, his confirmation is facing some initial opposition, with some council members pushing to learn more about how the city examined his background.
If appointed, Fitzgerald would be the fourth police commissioner during Pugh’s first two years in office.
Pugh fired former Commissioner Kevin Davis in January and installed Darryl De Sousa, a veteran officer, as his replacement. But in May, De Sousa was charged with failing to file federal tax returns and resigned.
Since then, the agency has been led by Gary Tuggle, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration veteran, who decided not to seek the job permanently.
Baltimore suffered more than 300 homicides for the fourth consecutive year. The homicide total for 2018 was 309.