Baltimore NAACP calls on mayor to withdraw police commissioner nomination: ‘Process needs to be transparent’

Jun 30, 2023

BALTIMORE — The NAACP of Baltimore is calling on city leaders to conduct a national search for a new police commissioner and withdraw the nomination of Richard Worley for the position.

Mayor Brandon Scott earlier this month announced his nomination of Worley to fill the role full-time after Michael Harrison announced his resignation.

Worley, the Deputy Commissioner, is serving in an interim role until the permanent position is confirmed by the Baltimore City Council.

“He must not become commissioner without a thorough vetting that includes interviews and input from relevant organizations,” NAACP Baltimore President Kobi Little said. “We call on Mayor Brandon Scott to withdraw his nomination of Acting Commissioner Worley and to start the process over in a transparent and inclusive manner that includes community input or the necessary qualities that we would like to see in the next commissioner and includes a nationwide search. The safety of our city relies on it.”

The nomination of Worley received approval from several city council members on social media.