A delegation of two Baltimore City Council members and two staffers will go to New Orleans at the end of the month as as part of the council’s vetting of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to head the police department.
Members of the Baltimore City Council heard a barrage of concern, frustration and outright opposition to the mayor's selection of Joel Fitzgerald as police commissioner, as a public hearing began at City Hall Saturday.
Mayor Catherine Pugh will hold two community “meet and greet” meetings next month with her nominee to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner. Fitzgerald is the chief in Fort Worth, Texas. He needs to win a majority of 15 votes on the Baltimore City Council to get the new job.
The City Council's Fort Worth field trip to learn about police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald was interesting, but their interviews don't answer the question about whether he's right for Baltimore.
A 216-page Baltimore City Council report released Tuesday offers conflicting views from Fort Worth civic leaders and others on Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh's choice to become the next police commissioner.
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young says it appeared the police department was “stonewalling” auditors looking into the agency’s performance at attracting recruits. Comptroller Joan Pratt says she talked with the interim police commissioner to resolve some of the issues.
Joel Fitzgerald, named as Baltimore Police Department commissioner, needs to win a majority of 15 City Council votes to secure the job. Where do council members stand on Mayor Catherine Pugh's choice to lead the department? The mayor started the nomination process on Dec. 6.
Baltimore City Council members have reviewed part of a background check report into police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald, but two of those who have seen it described the document as "heavily redacted." Councilman Ryan Dorsey says his review of the report was unsatisfactory.
A group of Baltimore City Council members departed Fort Worth after hearing from leaders in the Texas city about police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald, but said they wouldn't be sharing their conclusions until the new year.
Baltimore City Council members are expected to travel to Fort Worth, Texas, this week to learn more about its police chief, Joel Fitzgerald, who is Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to be the city’s next police commissioner.
The three bills look to broaden the definition of smoking devices and ban the sale of flavored vaping liquids, as well as call for tobacco retailers to post information about smoking risks and cessation and carry nicotine replacement products like patches and gum.
Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels has told members of the Baltimore City Council that he expects the university to again seek the power to create its own police force. He says the crime around the Hopkins' campuses is brazen, occurring even during the day and in front of witnesses.
The Baltimore City Council is set to take up legislation that would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of how they would pay their rent, a move largely designed to stop property owners rejecting Section 8 vouchers out of hand.
A majority of the Baltimore City Council voted Monday to pass a set of strict rules on renting out property on Airbnb and other online platforms, but the bill didn’t receive enough votes to overcome a procedural hurdle. The council will take it up again at its next meeting on Thursday.
Instead of repeatedly throwing our eggs into the proverbial commissioner basket and then axing them like failed big-time college football coaches, we need to change the Baltimore Police Departments’s structure from the top down.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says members of the City Council will receive more background information on her pick to become police commissioner when he is formally nominated next week — including a resume he previously declined to make public.
Mayor Catherine Pugh's choice to be police commissioner says he plans to stay in his current job in Texas until the Baltimore City Council holds a final vote on his nomination. That means Joel Fitzgerald would not begin work in Baltimore until late January. He is the chief in Fort Worth.
Members of the Baltimore City Council are pushing the mayor's office to release the results of a background investigation into police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald. Mayor Catherine Pugh's office says it's confidential. Some council members say they won't vote for him without seeing it.
Even as members of the Baltimore city council complained about a lack of transparency as the mayor searched for a police commissioner, the body's president was being kept up to date and even played a role in screening candidates.
Baltimore City Councilman Ed Reisinger on Monday introduced a clean air ordinance that would require the Wheelabrator Baltimore trash incinerator and a medical waste incinerator in Curtis Bay to drastically reduce and continuously monitor their emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
The Baltimore City Council will hold two days of hearings in January on the nomination of Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald to be police commissioner, setting up a final up or down vote by the end of that month, the council president's office said Monday.
The Baltimore City Council passed a trio of bills Monday night that would shape transportation policy, raising taxes to pay for affordable housing and help ensure men and women alike have somewhere to change dirty diapers.
The Baltimore City Council’s public safety committee holds a hearing Tuesday on possibly bringing back the controversial, previously undisclosed surveillance plane that police said was used to capture criminal activity.
The Baltimore City Council is tightening restrictions on lobbyists and requiring the City Ethics Board to post lobbying disclosure forms online for the public to view. Councilman Zeke Cohen was the lead sponsor of a bill that he says will make Baltimore "more transparent and open.
The Baltimore City Council voted to hike taxes on real estate transactions to fund a $20 million Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The move earned cheers from advocates but concern from city budget director Robert Cenname. He says the city's tax burden could lead investors to look elsewhere.
A high-ranking internal affairs commander told Baltimore City Council members that seven officers are under internal investigations connected to the Baltimore Police Department's corrupt Gun Trace Task Force.
Weeks before pictures of a dad squatting to change his son’s diaper spread across the internet, a Baltimore City Councilman was tackling the same issue on his Facebook page. Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, ran a poll in September after eating out at a restaurant without a changing table in the men's room.
Baltimore City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Brandon Scott has agreed to hold a hearing about whether the city should authorize a private company to fly a surveillance plane to film criminal activity. Persistent Surveillance Systems has been lobbying to return to the city's skies.
City Council members want to cap drivers’ speed on Baltimore streets to 25 mph on main roads and 20 mph on side streets. Legislation proposed by Ryan Dorsey and Mary Pat Clarke would drop the top speed on main thoroughfares such as Harford Road, Martin Luther King Boulevard and York Road.
The Baltimore City Council’s taxation, finance and economic development committee voted Thursday on amendments that represent some wins and losses for both sides of the debate over Airbnb-style rentals. Councilman Eric Costello and Council President Bernard C. “Jack" Young introduced the bill.
By now it should be clear to everyone that the current structure of the Baltimore City Police Department as a state-owned agency is broken beyond repair. Baltimoreans want, deserve and can have a much improved police department. Providing that starts with changing the structure of the department.
The Baltimore City Council has unanimously approved legislation to create a racial equity fund. But Mayor Catherine Pugh has expressed doubts about the need for the bills, arguing that she is already mindful of eliminating discriminatory practices.