Gary Tuttle named Baltimore Acting Police Commissioner

May 16, 2018: Darryl De Sousa resigned as the Baltimore City Police Commissioner yesterday, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in the wake of revelations that he did not pay taxes for several years. A national search has been started to find his successor, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement released on Tuesday, May 15. The resignation occurred after De Sousa was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns by federal prosecutors last week, the week of May 6-12, 2018. Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle, who was named Acting Commissioner on Friday, May 11, 2018, after Pugh suspended De Sousa with pay, was named by Pugh on May 15 to continue in that position. De Sousa, a thirty-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, said he had filed returns in 2016 and filed for an extension in 2017. He wrote there was “no excuse” for his failure to “fulfill my obligations as a citizen and public official,” and that his “only explanation” was that he had “failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs.” The U.S. Attorney’s office alleged on Thursday, May 10, 2018, that De Sousa “willfully failed to file a federal return for tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, despite having been a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department in each of those years.” De Sousa was hired by Pugh as the Police Commissioner in January, 2018.

Attribution: The Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, WBAL, Mayor's Office, Columbia Patch

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