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City Councilwoman Margaret Klein calling for Police Chief Fitzgerald’s resignation

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Waterloo City Councilwoman and recent mayoral candidate Margaret Klein is calling for Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald to resign from his position.

This comes amid turmoil in the Police Department and questions of Fitzgerald's commitment as he searches for other jobs.

"Leadership at the Waterloo Police Department is needed now more than ever. Our community and police officers deserve a chief who is invested in the future of Waterloo," Klein said in a statement Thursday. "Chief Fitzgerald has made it clear that he has no interest in remaining in our city. His frequent trips out of town, often in search of new employment, are a slap in the face to the taxpayers who hired him only one year ago. I believe it is in the best interest of all that Chief Fitzgerald step aside and allow for a new chief to take the reins. I call for his immediate resignation."

Sources told KWWL, Chief Fitzgerald is currently in Texas for at least the next week after flying out Monday. Austin affiliate KVUE-TV and the Statesman report Fitzgerald is hoping to be the new Chief of police in Austin, Texas.

Fitzgerald has been confirmed as a candidate for multiple other chief jobs around the country since arriving in Waterloo last year.

On Wednesday, the Police Department drew criticism for posting and deleting a Facebook post saying, "Sad Day" and had a picture of a department patrol car without the trademark Griffin. A new police logo has been approved after the previous one saw years of criticism for being too similar to a Ku Klux Klan symbol.

Over the weekend, Klein announced she will be running for Waterloo mayor against Quentin Hart, who's seeking his fourth term.

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