It’s checkmate for Baltimore’s latest police commissioner

May 16, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, takes questions at City Hall after replacing Kevin Davis as police commissioner, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s police commissioner resigned Tuesday, May 15 after being federally charged with failing to pay his taxes. In a statement, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she accepted the resignation of De Sousa, who she picked as the city’s top cop in January. He was nearly unanimously confirmed as commissioner in February by the City Council. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore cited experience and respect when she announced Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner.

At the time — not four months ago — De Sousa proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls.

Now De Sousa is out of the game, resigning in embarrassment for failing to file his taxes.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said she’s already begun a national search for his successor.

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