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Waterloo Police Chief stays on

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Three days after Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka told his department he was asked to resign, Mayor Hart says Trelka will continue to oversee the Waterloo Police Department, but with new responsibilities.  

In a statement Monday afternoon, Mayor Hart said Trelka shows passion for Waterloo, and that he is much more than just an employee for the city. 

"I was elected to make tough decisions and to get to the core of challenges, to help us all move forward," said Mayor Hart. "I have decided that Dan Trelka is going to just focus on the Waterloo Police Department." 

Right now, Chief Trelka oversees both the Police and Fire Departments, but for the next 12 months, he will only be in charge of the Police Department. 

"He will continue to work, build public trust and move forward in addressing the challenges we have," said Mayor Hart. "Chief Trelka and I through community meetings, outreach, best practices, conversations, and a passion for this community, have begun a process of community wide policing plan that will work towards regaining public trust that has been lost due to some of our shortcomings," said Mayor Hart. 

Chief Trelka responded, saying he is very optimistic about the future and is ready to make adjustments and work with Mayor Hart. 

Chief Trelka was the Director of Safety Services, meaning he could oversee both Police and Fire Departments, but because of today's change, he is now just handling duties as Police Chief. The Waterloo Fire Department is now being led by Pat Treloar. Both men will answer to Mayor Hart.

On Friday, September 16, KWWL was told by trusted sources that Chief Trelka met with members of his staff, telling them he was asked to resign. This meeting was not addressed during today's statement, and neither Mayor Hart or Chief Trelka disputed the resignation talk. 

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