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Tuggle bows out of permament police commissioner contention

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Julius White
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Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle

Baltimore Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle is withdrawing his application for the permanent police commissioner job.  City Solicitor Andre Davis said today Tuggle voluntarily pulled his application.  Davis said the job will be filled before Halloween and called it the "most difficult police job in the country." 

Tuggle has served as interim police commissioner since Darryl De Sousa resigned in May following federal tax charges. Mayor Catherine Pugh said last week, there were three finalists and Tuggle was among them out of 50 applicants. Pugh fire Comissioner Kevin Davis in January. She hired one of his deputies to replace him. Darryl De Sousa resigned in May when he was charged for failing to file federal taxes for three years. Tuggle, formerly of the DEA in Philadelphia, whom De Sousa recruited to Baltimore as one of his deputies, was appointed on an interim basis.  Pugh said she wanted to have someone named as a permanent police commissioner by the end of the month.