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Baltimore Mayor Pugh considers former interim police commissioner Barksdale for top City Hall crime post

Baltimore Mayor Pugh considers former interim police commissioner Barksdale for top City Hall crime post

Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday that she is seriously considering hiring a former acting Baltimore police commissioner -- a recent critic of the agency and advocate for tougher policing tactics -- for a role in City Hall where he would advise her on crime policy.

Anthony Barksdale, who directed operations for the Police Department from 2007 to 2012, served as acting commissioner in 2012 and sought the post permanently, has interviewed to be director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, the mayor said.

The director helps coordinate criminal justice initiatives and policy, liaises with state law enforcement and oversees $14.5 million in public safety grants for the...

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