City Police Announce Change to Proposed Command Staff
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore City's Commissioner-Designate announces he is not moving forward with the appointment of Thomas Cassella to the position of Deputy Commissioner.
Casella was scheduled to be announced as Deputy Commissioner last Friday, the appointment was put on hold as the agency investigated claims first reported by FOX45.
Police say the information contained in the internal memo was incorrect and Thomas Cassella never had sustained complaints against him involving race, religion, sex or any other type of discrimination.
Tuesday, the Commissioner Designate said he and Cassella agreed that it was in the best interest of the agency to not move forward with the appointment.
Here is the full statement:
Thomas Cassella and I have mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the agency to not move forward with his appointment.
Due to the extreme sensitivity of the content of personnel records, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.
As I mentioned in my statement a few days ago, there is information on the document that was incorrect. I am currently working to address that issue.
Personnel records are protected under the Maryland Public Information Act.
The agency will continue to move forward. The delay in selection of a permanent Deputy Commissioner has no bearing on our mission to drive down violent crime. I’ll inform the community of my selection for the position of deputy commissioner in the near future. Until that time, Deputy Commissioner Andre Bonaparte will oversee the operations bureau.
Darryl De Sousa
De Sousa says the delay will have no bearing on the department's mission to drive down violent crime. A selection will be made in the near future.