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Pugh: Still 'vetting' potential police commissioner candidates

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 19:15:29-04

Baltimore is still looking for its next police commissioner.

City solicitor Andre Davis promised a judge earlier this year, a police commissioner would be in place and ready to go by Halloween. 

Instead, Mayor Catherine Pugh said the contrary, at a board of estimates meeting on Wednesday. 

"We're still vetting. We're excited and we should be able to make an announcement shortly, but we're still vetting," Pugh said. 

Still vetting what's now been a five-month long search for a permanent leader of the eighth largest police department in the country. 

WMAR's sister station in Dallas, WFAA, reported Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald was Baltimore's new man. 

Mayor Pugh says not so fast. 

"I would say that Mr. Fitzgerald, as you well know, is still a candidate. The candidates are being vetted across the country," she said. 

In January, Pugh fired then-commissioner Kevin Davis after a record setting year of violence in the city. 

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Her next pick, Darryl De Sousa out in a couple of months after several tax issues. 

And then earlier in October, interim commissioner Gary Tuggle announced he was pulling his name out of the running for the permanent gig. 

"I'm so focused on what I need to do, I don't keep up with the dates," Pugh told investigative reporter Brian Kuebler on October 12th. "I said we'll get there."

But as the city continues to deal with a recent spike of homicides, the question of 'when' the city will get someone to lead the department is surfacing even more.