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Baltimore mayor names Fort Worth top cop Joel Fitzgerald as police commissioner

Baltimore mayor names Fort Worth top cop Joel Fitzgerald as police commissioner

Joel Fitzgerald, the police chief of Fort Worth, Texas, has been chosen as Baltimore’s next police commissioner, taking the helm of a department in the midst of sweeping civil rights reforms and violence on pace to surpass 300 homicides for the fourth year in a row.

Fitzgerald, 47, will start work as acting commissioner after Thanksgiving, Mayor Catherine Pugh said. He will need to win the approval of the City Council if he’s to stay.

“He has an understanding of our consent decree,” the mayor said. “He is well versed on training and community...

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