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Police Chief stays, responsibilities shift

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Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka will stay as the Chief of Police, but his responsibilities will be changing. This news comes days after sources had revealed that Chief Trelka had informed members of his staff he was asked to resign. 

News of the Chief's plan to step down ushered in an outpouring of support from many in the community, both on social media and even on the sidewalk leading to City Hall.

Encounters between Waterloo Officers and people in the community have driven much of the controversy directed at the department. An editorial from the Des Moines Register calling for Federal intervention into the department fueled controversy. 

Today, Mayor Hart had a closed door meeting with Chief Trelka. Two hours later, the Mayor made the announcement that Chief Trelka will not be resigning. Instead, he will have a shift of responsibilities. 

The state of the Waterloo Police Department had been a concern for many in the community following the uncertainty of the leadership role at the department.

Today, Mayor Hart announced that Chief Trelka will stay as Waterloo Police Chief.

"I'm telling you first and foremost that I believe Dan Trelka is the one that could help us to address the myriad of challenges internally and externally that we face," said Mayor Hart.

Hart expressed a belief in Dan Trelka and his role in leading the Waterloo Police Department. 

In order to make sure Trelka can focus on the role as Chief, Mayor Hart has decided to shift his responsibilities. 

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.  

"We have to have a singular focus in addressing these challenges, and I am more than ever, confident that collectively, with Chief Trelka, with the Waterloo PD, with City Hall, with this community that I was born and raised in that we change the course of this narrative by working together for change," said Mayor Hart. 

Chief Trelka also echoed those same sentiments. 

"I'm here to work with Mayor Hart," said Chief Trelka. "We've got some challenges to face, we have some adjustments to make, and we're having great conversations. All of this is for the betterment of Waterloo, and I'm optimistic for all of us."

Neither Mayor Hart or Chief Trelka disputed the resignation talk. The meeting that Trelka had with members of his staff on Friday was not brought up during today's statement.     

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