Pugh makes a bold move in picking a new police commissioner — and her political fate rests on the outcome

If Mayor Catherine Pugh’s political fortunes weren’t already tied to her selection of Baltimore’s next police commissioner, they definitely are now after she ignored widespread calls to engage in a more transparent, inclusive process once her first choice, Fort Worth Chief Joel Fitzgerald, backed out to attend to family health concerns. Instead of announcing the process for making a new choice, she simply named New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael S. Harrison as her nominee. It’s a bold move that could either become a lasting symbol of her decisive leadership or the choice that fatally weakens her administration. We certainly hope it’s the former, not for her sake but for the city’s. (Balt. Sun)

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