BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- On Thursday afternoon, Baltimore City Council President Jack Young announced plans for two City Council members to travel to New Orleans to conduct background interviews related to Police Commissioner nominee Michael Harrison.
The delegation, which will include Chairman Robert Stokes, and Vice Chairman Kristerfer Burnett (Executive Appointments Committee), and two staffers, will be in New Orleans January 31st and February 1st.
They plan to interview people who have interacted with Harrison such as members of the clergy, citizen advocates, business leaders, local law enforcement officials, elected representatives and prominent civil rights attorneys, among others.
Once the delegation returns to Baltimore, Young's office will form a report that will be published and made available to members of the City Council and to the general public. Then Harrison will be nominated by Mayor Catherine Pugh to serve as Commissioner of Police for Baltimore City.
The Council's "investigatory" visit to New Orleans comes about one month after a similar visit to Fort Worth, TX.
"We are always looking for cost-effective ways to accomplish our charter-mandated duty to offer informed advice and consent," Council President Young said. "By reducing the size of the traveling delegation, we're able to save the taxpayer money without jeopardizing the integrity of the Council's investigation."
Young says, "The reductions put in place by Council President Young have resulted in a savings of 61.5 percent from the previous trip to Fort Worth."