Joel Fitzgerald dropped out of consideration for Baltimore Police Commissioner in January. And now that he’s back to work in Texas, Fitzgerald is facing questions over his commitment to his current position, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting.
Michael Harrison, Baltimore's first permanent police commissioner in 10 months, has received unanimous support from City Council. That means he's also launched on a complex mission: drive down historically high rates of violent crime while reforming a dysfunctional department.
Councilman Robert Stokes, chairman of a Baltimore City Council committee that will consider Michael Harrison's nomination as police commissioner, said he expects Harrison will easily garner the votes needed to move on to a final vote by the full council.
Baltimore’s spending board has approved a 5-year contract for the incoming police commissioner. The deal gives him valuable perks and a far higher salary than his predecessors, but at also makes him easier to fire. Michael Harrison would make $275,000 a year. He starts Monday.
Two members of the Baltimore City Council and a pair of aides have arrived in New Orleans for a two-day visit to look into the work there of Mayor Catherine Pugh's choice to become Baltimore police commissioner.
Michael Harrison, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's pick for city police commissioner, has met with select community leaders, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and U.S. District Judge James Bredar, who's overseeing a court-ordered consent degree to reform the city's policing.
The Baltimore City Council is already looking past Mayor Pugh's nominee to run the police department and looking to change the process before the next vacancy. We're not sure there's a legislative solution.
Police commissioner nominee Michael Harrison is making his first visit to Baltimore since being named to the job. But the mayor's office says he has no official business scheduled and will spend the time moving his life north from New Orleans, where he's retired as head of the police department.
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.
Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis says the mayor’s new choice to become police commissioner will hold community meetings in all nine of the city’s police districts in the coming weeks, as part of a plan to build support for the nomination.
Talking to hastily assembled group of reporters to announce her new choice for police commissioner, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh defended the process she led to find a head for the department. Critics on the City Council and in the community took issue with what some called a secretive selection.
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is no longer in the running to be Baltimore's next police commissioner. Here's what people are saying after Monday's announcement from the Fort Worth Police Department.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she has chosen New Orleans police superintendent Michael Harrison to lead the city’s police department, a day after her previous pick for commissioner withdrew from consideration.
In January of last year, Baltimoreans first heard the news that Mayor Catherine Pugh would be firing the city’s police commissioner Kevin Davis. Nearly a year later, the city still lacks a permanent police chief. Below, a look at how we got here.
Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s choice to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner, has withdrawn from consideration for the job, a decision that spells more uncertainty for a department that has now been with permanent leadership for more than seven months.
Now that Joel Fitzgerald has withdrawn, here are some people who either applied or were considered during the first search for possible candidates, according to previous reporting from The Baltimore Sun.
Joel Fitzgerald made the right decision in withdrawing his name from consideration as the next Baltimore police commissioner, and now city officials should plan on a more transparent process when reviewing new candidates.
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.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office says she is postponing community meetings with her nominee for police commission, Joel Fitzgerald, citing a medical issue in his family. The mayor’s office called the issue an “unexpected medical emergency having to do with his son" which requires surgery.
In a resume that was part of his application, Baltimore police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald pitched himself as a reformer and an effective crime fighter. But in the document, Fitzgerald overstates some of his achievements as police chief in Fort Worth, Texas.
Here’s the challenge for Baltimore media: Cover these sessions with Joel Fitzgerald with the same intensity and resources as you do the Ravens this week. Getting the right person in the job of police commissioner is more important than whether or not the Ravens beat the Chargers Sunday. Really.
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.
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.
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.
Maryland's Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, which has subpoena power and is underway after initially being opposed by Baltimore City leaders, is focusing on providing as much clarity as possible about how orchestrated police corruption went undetected for years.
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.
How long is long enough for Joel Fitzgerald, the Baltimore mayor's nominee to head the police department, to make changes that reduce violence and carry out a court-ordered consent decree to reform law enforcement? Fitzgerald hasn’t been specific, beyond saying he’s committed to the job.
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.