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Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale resigning; chief of 3 years taking job in Florida

Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale talks to Todd Steigerwaldt, the water department general manager, during a January 2018 staff meeting at Marion City Hall. The city announced Tuesday that McHale, chief since December 2016, has resigned to take a job in Florida.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale talks to Todd Steigerwaldt, the water department general manager, during a January 2018 staff meeting at Marion City Hall. The city announced Tuesday that McHale, chief since December 2016, has resigned to take a job in Florida. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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MARION — After three years as Marion police chief, Joseph McHale has notified city officials he is resigning, effective June 3, to take a job in the private sector in Florida.

During his tenure, McHale implemented a new beat deployment structure for the department’s patrol officers, established the Marion Public Safety 911 Communications Center and developed the department’s first five-year strategic plan.

“We are a stronger organization having had Joe McHale as our chief of police,” Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly said. “He and his family will be greatly missed, but his leadership has positioned the agency well for the next chapter. We wish him all the best.”

Before being hired in Marion in December 2016, McHale was with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department for 25 years. He remains a subject matter expert with the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.

“I am so grateful to have had this opportunity,” McHale said. “The Marion Police Department is a leader among law enforcement agencies. My utmost appreciation to the staff, city leaders and community for entrusting me as your police chief. Marion will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The Marion Civil Service Commission and City Manager Lon Pluckhahn will meet to determine next steps in hiring a new chief.

Completely unrelated to McHale or his departure, the city hired local attorney Fran Haas to conduct a confidential personnel investigation at the police department, according to a news release from the city.

The city statement said it does not comment on confidential employee matters.

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