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City council sounds off on Allentown mayor's police chief pick

Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced Joel Fitzgerald as his choice Monday

City Council sounds off on Police Chief pick

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced his nominee for the city's next police chief Monday afternoon.

He chose Joel Fitzgerald, who is currently police chief in Missouri City, Texas, and a former Philadelphia police officer.

The city council has to confirm the nomination. Pawlowski said the nomination hearing will be held Nov. 20.

City council members expressed their support of Fitzgerald to 69 News and said the nominee will be a good fit for Allentown.

"There were four good candidates, however, he is the best for the job. He's a mixture of many different things. He's experienced. He's educated," said Councilwoman Cynthia Mota. "I have no concerns about him whatsoever. I believe that he will do a really good job."

"I think he'll be a great change for our community," said Council President Julio Guridy. "I feel comfortable with him, very comfortable. I think it's a change for our city because we never had a non-Anglo as a chief of police, so I think the community has changed dramatically demographically."

"He's a heck of a nice guy, very smart, and he seems beyond capable to lead our police force in the next couple of years," said Councilman Peter Schweyer.

"He certainly understands our area of Pennsylvania. He understands our highways. He grew up in this general area, and he's going to be an excellent addition to our force," said Schweyer.

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