In naming Batts as commissioner, Rawlings-Blake praised Barksdale's work, saying he has "done a great job and is a valued member of the Police Department command staff. I'm truly grateful for his service to Baltimore."
Young said earlier this month that he had contacted Barksdale and asked him to stay.
"Barksdale was sort of like the architect of the whole crime-fighting initiative for Commissioner Bealefeld," he said, adding that Batts needs an opportunity to learn from Barksdale and Deputy Commissioner John Skinner. "Those guys are top cops, and they get it."