Fort Worth Police Chief Fitzgerald

Report: Fort Worth Police Chief Fitzgerald Leaving To Take Position In Baltimore

October 19, 2018 - 7:40 am

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is leaving the department to take a new position as Baltimore's next police chief.

He is taking over a department where the commissioner resigned. NBC 5 reports Mayor Betsy Price confirmed the chief is leaving.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says she only heard about the move at the same time as the public. She says City Manager David Cooke has scheduled a meeting with Fitzgerald for today.

Fort Worth will confirm Fitzgerald's resignation after that.

A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh would not confirm Fitzgerald's hire. Pugh told The Baltimore Sun that the search for a new chief is still ongoing and should be finalized by the end of the month.

Fort Worth PD responded to news of Police Chief Fitzgerald leaving: "At this time he has not accepted another job offer."

Fitzgerald joined the Fort Worth Police Department as Chief in October 2015. Mayor Price says he's done a great job and Fort Worth and she wishes him well.

Originally from Philadelphia, Fitzgerald earned is BA from Villanova University He earned his Master of Business Administration at Eastern University and later earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration.

Fitzgerald received appointment to the City of Philadelphia Police Department in 1992, and served over 17 years in various ranks before his 2009 selection to serve as Chief of Police in Missouri City, Texas. In December 2013, he became Chief of Police in Allentown, Pennsylvania, until 2015.​