Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has reportedly resigned.
BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has reportedly resigned. The city’s top cop had been suspended on Friday with pay.
On Tuesday, WBAL reported De Sousa hadfrom his post.
De Sousa, 53, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file taxes, after investigators said he “willfully failed to file a federal tax return” for tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015, when he was a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department. He was charged Thursday.
De Sousa decided to resign Tuesday morning, according to Jayne Miller, investigative reporter for WBAL.
After the charges came down last week, he issued a statement accepting responsibility for his actions.
“I fully admit to failing to file my personal federal and state taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015,” De Sousa said in a statement. “While there is no excuse for my failure to fulfill my obligations as a citizen and public official, my only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs.”
Mayor Catherine Pugh suspended him with pay on Friday, which The Baltimore Sun reported was consistent with the repercussion for other officers charged with misdemeanor crimes.
Pugh said on Tuesday that she had accepted his resignation and plans to launch a national search for the next permanent commissioner, according to WBAL Radio.
Deputy Commissioner Garry Tuggle will serve as acting commissioner during the interim.