BALTIMORE (WBFF) The Baltimore City Council has unanimously approved Michael Harrison as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department.
The confirmation was met with applause inside of City Hall. Harrison did not attend the meeting, but he will reportedly be sworn in on Tuesday morning.
Harrison comes from New Orleans where he was Police Chief there.
Mayor Pugh released a statement on the swearing in: "I am delighted that our City Council members have come to share my view that Michael Harrison is indeed, the right person, at the right time and in the right place to remake the Baltimore Police Department and restore community trust as our new Police Commissioner.
We commit our full support to him as he now officially takes up his responsibility, knowing of his own strong commitment to new levels of accountability and transparency.
We have much work yet to accomplish but have in Commissioner Harrison a seasoned partner who regards this work as both an opportunity and a privilege. I ask all of Baltimore to work with us in creating the safer City we desire and deserve."
Harrison released a statement saying, : "I am very excited and grateful to have been confirmed and want to thank each of the City Council members for their vote.
I expect a long and productive relationship with the City Council and am looking forward to working together to achieve our goals of reforming the Baltimore Police Department, reducing crime and rebuilding trust with the community."