This week Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Anthony Batts, the former Long Beach and Oakland, CA police chief, will be the city’s new top cop.
Batts had a tumultuous tenure in Oakland, but also comes highly recommended from his time in Long Beach.
He has impressive academic credentials, including a doctorate in public administration from University of La Verne, and experience running two of the largest law enforcement agencies in California.
Batts has said that he expects the department to be focused and disciplined.
But his time as Oakland’s police chief was marred by differences with Mayor Jean Quan, which eventually resulted in his resigning that position after about two years.
Batts’ appointment must still be approved by the City Council, but he’s expected to take over as commissioner on Sept. 27.
So Patch wants to know what questions you have for the mayor’s choice to replace former Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III.
What would you ask Baltimore’s new police commissioner? Tell us in comments.