Baltimore mayor picks New Orleans chief to lead police force
BALTIMORE (AP) — A day after her first choice withdrew his name, Baltimore’s mayor has picked New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as her nominee to lead the city’s troubled force.
Mayor Catherine Pugh says Harrison will soon retire from the New Orleans Police Department with the intention of coming to Baltimore. She says he’s “achieved clear, compelling and consistent results in reducing violent crime” and led a city under a federal consent decree similar to the one ramping up in Baltimore.
Harrison says he looks forward “to getting to Baltimore in the coming weeks to engage broadly with residents.”
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald on Monday abruptly withdrew his name after a rocky nomination process. One of his sons is facing a second brain surgery this week.