Baltimore Mayor Taps New Orleans’ Harrison to Head Police

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she has chosen New Orleans police superintendent Michael Harrison to lead the city’s police department, a day after her previous pick for commissioner withdrew from consideration, the Baltimore Sun reports. Harrison was the top choice of a panel of police executives who interviewed candidates in October.

Harrison told New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell that he will retire from the department. No date for the transition was mentioned. On Monday, Fort Worth, Tx., Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald withdrew from consideration after a medical emergency involving his son. Cantrell said Harrison would bring “significant and relevant experience” to Baltimore, along with “insight and sensitivity.”

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