WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Mayor of Iowa on Tuesday appointed a Texas police chief who was fired to take the same role for the city of Waterloo.
Mayor Quentin Hart appointed Joel Fitzgerald to become the next Waterloo police chief, The Courier reported.
Hart told the newspaper that Fitzgerald was prominent because “his level of education, professional experience, and success in implementing community problem solving, the use of police led by intelligence, and implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce crime.”
If the city council ratifies Fitzgerald next week, he will be the first black police chief in Waterloo.
Fitzgerald first fired from his job as Fort Worth, Texas police chief last year after the incident in Washington, D.C. which city officials said brought “questioning and leadership” into question.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that he was involved in a fierce confrontation with Texas union leaders after it was discovered that Fitzgerald was not a member of the local union. Fitzgerald denied acting unprofessionally.
Fitzgerald had applied to become the Baltimore police chief, and the city mayor later named Fitzgerald as his candidate for police commissioner in 2018.
But Fitzgerald suddenly withdrew from consideration after The Baltimore Sun reported that his resume exaggerated some of the achievements of his tenure at Fort Worth.
Fitzgerald now serves as deputy head of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office.
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