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Fired Hartley, IA Police Chief Wants His Job Back

HARTLEY, IA -

Some folks in Hartley, Iowa are questioning the sudden firing of the local police chief.

Mark Younie says after returning to his dayside shift January 2nd, he met with mayor Clayton Pyle to discuss any concerns.

He says the mayor told him there was nothing to be concerned about, but the next day during a very brief, impromptu meeting with the mayor and his officers, Younie was relieved of his duties.

In a letter, the mayor cites problems including communication breakdowns, issues with authority, and dissatisfaction with job  duties.

"I was never notified that there was any issues. I would have addressed them if I had known," Younie said. "(Mayor Pyle) is within his rights. However I do feel that he does have to also serve the public. And the public outcry which has been overwhelming and phenomenally fantastic it's been great. Hopefully he'll listen and the right decision is made."

Younie has written a public rebuttal for the community to see, and support seems to be growing to reinstate him.  About 150 people have signed a petition, and there's a Facebook Group supporting Younie.

"I definitely think he's doing his job, keeping an eye out for everyone," said Hartley resident Erin Boll. "He's doing what he needs to be doing for the community."

The Mayor and council members couldn't be reached for their response. Community members are expected to voice their opinions at Monday's council meeting.

Younie says he'll also request a public hearing before the council.

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