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City council holds nomination hearing on Harrison as 'Top Cop'

Hearing is community's last chance to speak up
Posted at 7:19 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 08:13:15-05

BALTIMORE — The process to make Michael Harrison the permanent Baltimore City Police Commissioner starts Wednesday.

Before he become the permanent commissioner, he'll need to be confirmed by city council.

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Wednesday night’s nomination hearing is one step closer to finding out if acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison will get the job permanently. This will be the public's last chance to speak out about whether he should officially get the job.

Mayor Catherine Pugh formally nominated Harrison for the position earlier this year. This came after her previous nominee dropped out.

To become the permanent police commissioner, Harrison would have to be confirmed by city council and the Executive Appointments Committee.

If he gets a majority vote there, his nomination will go to the full council.

Baltimore City's Board of Estimates has already voted to approve a salary of $275,000 a year if Harrison is confirmed. If he isn't, he will still get one full year's salary.

The hearing is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall and it is open to the public.