By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Fort Worth, Texas police chief could be Baltimore’s next police commissioner job, according to reports coming out of Dallas.

Chief Joel Fitzgerald was offered the job, according to our sister station CBSDFW.

But, Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy Price told media outlets Friday that Fitzgerald is taking the job.

Baltimore officials, however, are not confirming the information. They only say that the process is underway and no decision has been made.

Fitzgerald is currently the chief of police of the Fort Worth Police Department. He became chief of that department in October 2015.

Fitzgerald’s online bio says he was born in Philadelphia and attended Villanova University. He worked for the City of Philadelphia Police Department before serving as Chief of Police in Missouri City, Texas and in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Fitzgerald would replace Darryl De Sousa who resigned his position back in May after facing charges for failing to file his taxes for three years.

De Sousa, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, moved into the role following the firing of former commissioner Kevin Davis in January. De Sousa resigned 76 days after taking the job.

Gary Tuggle was appointed as acting commissioner but removed his name from consideration for the top spot.

The city police department received more than 50 applications for the job.

The top spot at the police department has been unstable for quite some time — 10 police commissioners since 1989.

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Rick Ritter

  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    Another life long leech on the taxpayer’s back. Multiple pensions from multiple jurisdictions. Just another gold digger at taxpayer’s expense. Hasn’t done field work in years. He’ll fit right in tho. This is the town of MAGIC WAND PROMOTIONS

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