Baltimore’s Interim Police Commissioner, Gary Tuggle, has withdrawn his application for the top job.
He made the announcement at the federal courthouse downtown as police officials met with U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to present new policies and procedures they are installing to meet the requirements of a consent decree that calls for major police reforms.
Tuggle said it may take five to seven years to fix the problems in the city’s police department,"including re-establishing the public’s trust in the department and I just don’t have that 5-7 years to give."
"The problems are a heavy lift but they’re not insurmountable," he said. "I’m confident it can be fixed, but it’s gonna take an extended commitment."
Tuggle is the third person to lead the department this year. Former commissioner Kevin Davis was fired in January. His replacement, Daryl De Sousa, resigned in May over federal tax charges. And Tuggle, who had been the deputy commissioner, moved into that slot.
City officials have kept the search for a new commissioner tightly under wraps. City Solicitor Andre Davis said they have received 50 applications for the top job and that a panel of national law enforcement experts is helping with the search.
Mayor Catherine Pugh has said she expects to name a new commissioner by the end of this month.
Tuggle said the consent decree mandates changes, but that the department wants to see those changes. He said it needs a "mission driven" leader.