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Former Waterloo fire chief's appeal dismissed


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Waterloo Civil Service Commission has dismissed an appeal by former Waterloo fire chief Doug Carter.

The Civil Service Commission says it's not their place to rule on whether or not Carter's demotion from the chief's position was justified.  Doug Carter was not in Tuesday's meeting.  We reached out to him, but he declined to comment on the ruling.  We also talked with Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark, and he too declined to say anything about the decision.

The commission says it upheld the city's decision to demote Carter because of an Iowa statute that doesn't allow it to decide matters concerning chief positions.  But the board still took more than two hours to come to a decision.

"I don't think it's a long time when you think about that it's a person's position.  And the civil service commission takes their duties very seriously.  I think they wanted to give it the time that was necessary to make a decision," said Timothy Luce, chair of the Waterloo Civil Service Commission.

Mayor Clark plans to create a Director of Safety Services position, filled by current police chief Dan Trelka.  By eliminating a formal fire chief's position, he estimates the city can save more than $100,000.

The city council was set to vote on the creation of the safety service position at its meeting Monday night.  But because the full council wasn't able to be there, the issue was postponed.  It will now be discussed at next week's meeting.

KWWL Reporters:  Kera Mashek and Nikki Newbrough



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