Input Requested: Baltimore Police Commissioner Search

Input Requested: Baltimore Police Commissioner Search


You may have heard on the news that Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has requested that myself and my colleague Councilmember Robert Stokes travel to New Orleans to conduct background interviews related to Mr. Michael Harrison, who will be nominated by Mayor Catherine Pugh to serve as Commissioner of Police for Baltimore City.

I was asked to travel due to my role as the Vice-Chair of the Executive Appointments Committee, which is tasked with conducting the initial vetting of all Mayoral-nominees. We will be traveling to New Orleans on January 31st and returning on February 1st to interview a cross-section of people who have interacted with Mr. Harrison during his tenure as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department.  We will be interviewing members community leaders, clergy, business leaders, local law enforcement officials, elected representatives and prominent civil rights attorneys, among others.

I believe that we have to get this selection correct, as the crime and violence in our city has been out of control and we need the right leader in place to lead the Baltimore Police Department. I also believe that we have to be as transparent as possible, and engage Baltimore residents as we can in this process.

To enhance the engagement process I have created a survey for constituents in District 8 to gather questions to take with me on the trip to vet this nominee in New Orleans. While I can’t guarantee I’ll have the opportunity to ask every single question, but I will do my best!

Here’s the link to submit your questions for the stakeholder meetings in New Orleans:

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