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Less than a year after swearing in, Waterloo PD chief in running for new job in New Mexico
Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Sr. at a rally calling for the end of racial injustice on May 29 after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Iowa's News Now)

Barely seven months on the job in Black Hawk County, Waterloo Police chief Joel Fitzgerald is applying for new positions around the country.

A report from January 1 in the Albuquerque Journal lists Fitzgerald as one of 39 candidates for the position - and among 25 considered to be qualified for the job.

It's not the first time his name has popped up in application lists in the last couple of months. The Miami New Times reported in December that Fitzgerald was one of 36 applicants for the chief of police opening in Florida's second-largest city.

Fitzgerald was sworn in as chief of police in Waterloo in June 2020 after being picked to take the job in April. He was fired as police chief in Fort Worth, TX in May 2019.

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