Fort Worth Chief Police Officer, Joel Fitzgerald – who was nominated in November as Baltimore's main copy but who withdrew his name less than two months later – announced a Monday among his “judgment and leadership,” d & Texas officials announced.
Fitzgerald was the former choice of Mayor Catherine Pugh to oversee the Baltimore police department but withdrew her name from consideration when he said his son was ill. Fitzgerald remained as chief in Fort Worth until Monday when City Manager David Cooke announced the Fitzgerald winding up.
In a letter to Fitzgerald, Assistant City Manager Jay Chapa wrote that “Fitzgerald has a track record of making decisions that focus more on your best interests in the best interests of the city, organization or department as a whole.”
Fitzgerald had a “heated contact” with a police union representative collecting National Police Week 12 May in Washington, D.C., according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram news story. Sgt. Todd Harrison, president of the Texas Combined Law Enforcement Association, said the newspaper “there was no physical contact in the dispute, with only inappropriate behavior from a leader in front of a large crowd. [an] giving honor to police officers and survivors. ”
Chapa wrote that Fitzgerald's behavior increased the conflict between you and the state police union.
The dispute came after Fitzgerald had been suspended from a state police union. The state union said it was because he joined the state police union without being a member of his local union.
Cooke said the incident, along with Fitzgerald being nominated by Pugh, left the community and some within the department with questions about his “commitment and leadership.”
Chapa wrote that Fitzgerald had failed to develop relationships with officials and employees of the department, took up the role of Baltimore police chief "without considering the impact that news would have on an organization and the public. T , ”And alleged discrimination and“ refusing to proceed with investigations to conduct allegations. ”
“In deciding what is best for Fort Worth City and the Fort Worth Police Department, I plan to get the Fitzgerald Chief as Chief Police Officer today,” Cooke said in a statement.
Mayor Fort Worth, Betsy Price, said in a statement that she supported Cooke's decision.
“Our citizens deserve a police chief who is committed to developing relationships in all communities, by promoting trust and transparency,” Price said. “Our police officers, who risk their lives daily to our community, value a leader who will be present, active, and active.”
After Fitzgerald's withdrawal for Baltimore's post, then Mayor Pugh chose Michael Harrison to serve as 41th Baltimore police commissioner and the third head of the department in one year. Baltimore's expenditure board approved Harrison's five year contract in February and was confirmed by the City Council in March. Since then, Pugh, who brought Harrison to Baltimore, has resigned among a children's book scandal.