Baltimore Leaders Want Reports on Fort Worth Chief Fitzgerald Before Confirmation

Fitzgerald says all the information Baltimore City Council needs to vote is already public

Fort Worth Chief of Police Joel Fitzgerald, tapped by Baltimore's mayor to lead the city's troubled police department, says he plans to stay in Texas until he's confirmed.

The Baltimore Sun reports that confirmation process has at least one roadblock ahead: The City Council wants Mayor Catherine Pugh to release the background investigation into nominee Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald spoke to reporters Monday during his first visit to Baltimore since Pugh said he's her pick to lead the police "into a new era of credibility, accountability and trust."

Two council members say they won't approve Fitzgerald without seeing his background report. City Solicitor Andre Davis says it's a confidential personnel record.

Fitzgerald himself could allow its release, but he says all the information they need to vote is already public.

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