Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh tapped a federal judge to become the city's top lawyer.
"I am very excited to have a legal mind as respected as Judge Davis' in the service of Baltimore City," Pugh said in a statement obtained by WBAL. "Baltimore is fortunate to have someone of Judge Davis' caliber available to serve in this role at such a crucial time as we embark on implementing the federal consent decree and moving our city forward."
The federal consent decree is a plan created in the final days of President Obama's administration with federal officials and Baltimore officials to overhaul the city's police department. The consent decree calls on police to employ "de-escalation tactics" before taking violent action and tasks a federal monitor to oversee the police department's conduct. A federal judge has approved the plan, which President Trump's Justice Department has since opposed.
In taking over the new position in Baltimore, Davis will be thrust into the middle of the city's battle against the Trump administration in litigation regarding the city's policing policies.