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BACKGROUND CHECK: Meet the four finalists for Waterloo’s next Police Chief

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Major Joe Leibold
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Lieutenant Corbin Payne
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Joel Fitzgerald
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Captain Wayne Hudson

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Four candidates from three cities with one goal: to be Waterloo's top cop.

Major Joe Leibold has probably been on televisions in Eastern Iowa more than any of the others. Currently he serves as Waterloo PD's Public Information Officer.

Leibold has worked in 10 different positions within the last 30 years including patrol, investigations and swat.

Next is Lieutenant Corbin Payne who is currently the department's Community Resource Officer.

Payne has also worked in a variety of positions in the department, but possibly his most notable moment was in the courtroom where he was acquitted of assault while off-duty. Payne was demoted then reinstated under the former Chief Dan Trelka.

Joel Fitzgerald and Wayne Hudson, the less familiar candidates, both come with decades of experience.

Fitzgerald, currently serving as a sheriff's deputy in Philadelphia, has been searching for a permanent position since last May, after he was fired from his job as chief in forth worth.

Local news reports say the city ousted Fitzgerald following arguments involving the national law-enforcement union.

According to his online resume, he's served as chief for 3 different cities.

Rounding out the applicant pool is Captain Wayne Hudson, a former air force sergeant currently working in Omaha as a sheriff's deputy.

Hudson's resume shows he's been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for nearly 25 years. He's worked in patrol, investigations, and other positions.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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