City’s po­lice chief pick wants to be ‘part of the heal­ing’

Fitzger­ald says he’ll make long-term com­mit­ment to job

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

In a flour­ish of bureau­cratic un­der­state­ment, the ad seek­ing can­di­dates to be­come Bal­ti­more’s next po­lice com­mis­sioner de­scribed the job as “a chal­leng­ing po­si­tion.”

But Joel Fitzger­ald, the Fort Worth po­lice chief named as Mayor Cather­ine Pugh’s pick to lead the Bal­ti­more depart­ment, said he wasn’t put off by the hon­est de­scrip­tion of the work ahead.

Know­ing the city’s re­cent his­tory — the 2015 death of Fred­die Gray of in­juries suf­fered in po­lice cus­tody, a re­sult­ing court-backed civil rights re­form plan, the Gun Trace Task Force cor­rup­tion scan­dal and es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence that has yet to ebb — Fitzger­ald said in an in­ter­view with The Bal­ti­more Sun that he thought most chiefs “would jump at the chance to be part of the heal­ing.” See FITZGER­ALD, page 12 bridge real es­tate 6 lottery news 3 puz­zles comics sec­tion, real es­tate 6 horo­scopes news 31 obit­u­ar­ies news 32 opin­ion news 34 tonight on tv comics sec­tion clas­si­fied sports 11

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