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Ft. Worth Mayor: Police Chief still on the job, hasn't resigned or accepted any job offers

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Ft. Worth, TX Police Department
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Ft. Worth, Texas Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald

Earlier reports that Dr. Joel Fitzgerald was leaving his post to become Baltimore City's next police commissioner may have been "taken out of context." That, from the office of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. According to NBC 5,  a spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department later contradicted that statement, saying, "At this time Chief Fitzgerald has not accepted any job offer." Following the department's statement, Price's office clarified that she has not received a letter of resignation from the chief but that she gave an "appropriate response" to NBC 5's question about his future.

"It appears he has taken the police chief spot in Baltimore. He’s done a good job in Ft. Worth and I wish him the best in this new position.”

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department later contradicted that statement, saying, "At this time Chief Fitzgerald has not accepted any job offer." Following the department's statement, Price's office clarified that she has not received a letter of resignation from the chief but that she gave an "appropriate response" to NBC 5's question about his future.

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department later contradicted that statement, saying, "At this time Chief Fitzgerald has not accepted any job offer." Following the department's statement, Price's office clarified that she has not received a letter of resignation from the chief but that she gave an "appropriate response" to NBC 5's question about his future.

In a released statement, James Bentley, Press Secretary for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, said "The process is still underway and no decision has been made as of yet."  Mayor Pugh had said that she wanted to have a new police commissioner in place by the end of this month.