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Fort Worth police chief leaving to take Baltimore commissioner job

Fort Worth Police chief takes job in Baltimore

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald will be leaving Fort Worth to work in Baltimore, the city confirmed Friday.Fitzgerald has been chosen as Baltimore’s next police commissioner.
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Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald will be leaving Fort Worth to work in Baltimore, the city confirmed Friday.Fitzgerald has been chosen as Baltimore’s next police commissioner.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald will be leaving Fort Worth to work in Baltimore, the city confirmed Friday.

Fitzgerald has been chosen as Baltimore’s next police commissioner.

In October, Fitzgerald applied and interviewed for the open police commissioner job in Baltimore.

He has been the Fort Worth chief since October 2015 and is originally from Philadelphia.


City Manager David Cooke said in a statement that Fitzgerald has not yet submitted a formal letter of resignation.

“The City Manager has been notified that Chief Joel Fitzgerald is the final candidate for the Baltimore Police Commissioner position,” Cooke said in the statement. “Chief Fitzgerald is currently in discussions with city officials in Baltimore.”

Fitzgerald declined to comment on Friday.

In October, confusion arose on whether Fitzgerald had accepted the job offer or not.

On Oct. 19, Several media outlets in Baltimore reported Fitzgerald was selected for police commissioner. However, the Fort Worth police department responded and said he had not accepted the position at that time.

Fitzgerald was a Philadelphia police officer from 1992 until 2009 when he became chief of police in Missouri City, Texas, according to the police department’s website. In December 2013, he became chief in Allentown, Pennsylvania, until 2015.

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