Joel Fitzgerald withdraws from consideration as Baltimore Police Commissioner

Jan. 8, 2019: Joel Fitzgerald withdrew from consideration as the next Baltimore Police Commissioner yesterday morning, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Fitzgerald withdrew his name from consideration because of his need to “devote his full attention to his son who is now facing a second brain surgery tomorrow,” according to a press release from the Baltimore Mayor’s Office. Fitzgerald’s son is said to have a mass in his brain, which was discovered last week, the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5, 2019, when the 13-year-old boy suddenly collapsed. Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle is scheduled to continue to lead the department, as he has done since former Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigned in May, 2018. Fitzgerald is currently the Police Chief in Fort Worth, Texas. He was identified as the Baltimore Mayor's Police Commissioner nominee on Nov. 16, 2018, after a quiet six-month search. Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke's office released a statement yesterday, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, on the situation, which it described as an "awkward approval process." “When the time is right, we look forward to working with him to understand his desire to fully commit to the work here in Fort Worth,” the City Manager's Office said.

Attribution: The Baltimore Business Journal

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