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Could a new BPD commissioner be named today?

Posted at 6:17 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 07:21:48-04

Halloween means the end of October and that could mean Baltimore names a new police commissioner.

This would be the fourth different person to lead the department in 2018.

The last commissioner, Darry De Sousa, resigned after charges were filed against him for failing to file his tax returns. Before him, Kevin Davis was fired in January in an effort to try and curb the violence in Baltimore. 

Right now, Gary Tuggle is serving as the interim police commissioner. But Tuggle removed his named for consideration for the permanent position. 

There were reports that the next leader of the Baltimore Police Department could be the Chief in Dallas Fort Worth. But Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh wouldn't reveal if it was Joel Fitzgerald.

On October 19, the mayor said, "I promised we'd make a decision by the end of October and we'll make a decision by the end of October. We're vetting candidates and I'm excited about where we are." 

Just five days later, Mayor Pugh and other city officials visited Lexington Market. When she was asked about the deadline to name a police commissioner she set for herself, Pugh backtracked and said she wouldn't be rushed. 

"It is important that we stabilize this police department," Pugh said. "I want to make sure that we inform the council where we are. But more importantly we gotta get it right."

The mayor went on to say she never has hard deadlines and that she will be pretty close to the deadline.

She also says she wants to see the next commissioner stay for at least 4 or 5 years. 

Pugh says they've interviewed police chiefs from around the country and she must discuss the final choice with the city council before anything is final.