FORT MADISON, Iowa — The Fort Madison police chief has resigned, two days after he began his job in the southeast Iowa city.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports Kenneth Rosa resigned late Tuesday, saying he had to deal with a family situation and must quit his job to return to East Hartford, Connecticut, where his wife and two children live.

Rosa had been sworn in as police chief Monday morning.

City Manager David Varley called Rosa’s decision “quite a shock” but wished him well.

Varley appointed Todd Shields, a longtime member of the department, as interim police chief.

Varley says Shields, a finalist in the previous search, will be considered with four others who interviewed for the job. The City Council will consider appointment of a new chief on Oct. 18.

Information from: The Hawk Eye,