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Allentown police Chief Joel Fitzgerald leaving for higher-paying job in Fort Worth, Texas


ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — The police chief of one of eastern Pennsylvania's largest cities is leaving to take the same job in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chief Joel Fitzgerald was hired by Allentown in November 2013.

Fitzgerald, who is black, was Allentown's first minority police chief. His move was announced Wednesday by officials in Allentown and Fort Worth.

He was Allentown's highest-paid employee, earning $139,000 annually to lead more than 200 officers.

In Fort Worth, he's expected to make considerably more money. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports Fort Worth's last chief earned more than $170,000 a year, heading a department with more than 1,800 employees.

Fitzgerald earlier this week turned down the chief's job in Wichita, a southeastern Kansas city with roughly 400,000 residents.

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