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Former Baltimore nominee Joel Fitzgerald selected as police chief in Waterloo, Iowa

Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is pictured at a news conference May 19, 2017.
Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is pictured at a news conference May 19, 2017. (Max Faulkner / TNS)

Joel Fitzgerald, who early last year withdrew from consideration after being nominated to serve as Baltimore’s police commissioner, was named police chief of Waterloo, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart tapped Fitzgerald for the position, The Courier reported.

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Hart told the newspaper that Fitzgerald stood out because of his "level of education, professional experience, and success in implementing community problem solving, the use of intelligence-led policing, and enacting evidence-based strategies to abate crime."

If the city council ratifies Fitzgerald next week, he'll be Waterloo's first black police chief.

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Fitzgerald was fired from his job as Fort Worth, Texas, police chief last year after an incident in Washington, D.C., that city officials had said brought his “judgment and leadership” into question.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that he got into a heated confrontation with a Texas union leader after it was discovered that Fitzgerald wasn't a local union member. Fitzgerald denied acting unprofessionally.

Fitzgerald had applied to be Baltimore’s police chief, and the city’s then-mayor Catherine Pugh named Fitzgerald in November 2018 as her nominee for police commissioner.

But Fitzgerald abruptly withdrew from consideration less than two months later after The Baltimore Sun reported that his resume overstated some achievements from his tenure in Fort Worth.

Fitzgerald now serves as the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office’s chief deputy.

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