Baltimore’s interim police commissioner — the third person to hold the top post this year — said Tuesday that he has withdrawn from consideration for the permanent job.
Gary Tuggle, a former Drug Enforcement Administration veteran who joined the police department earlier this year, said he decided he couldn’t put in the commitment necessary, reports the Baltimore Sun.
“The problems are a heavy lift, but they’re not insurmountable,” Tuggle said outside the U.S. District Courthouse, where his decision was revealed at a hearing on the consent decree.
“I’m confident it can be fixed, without a doubt, but it's going to take an extended commitment — I’m going to say 5 to 7 years — based on everything that needs to be done, including re-establishing the public's trust in the department. And I just don’t have that 5 to 7 years to give,” he said.
City Solicitor Andre Davis told U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar that the city is still on track to name a new police commissioner by the end of the month.