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Alta police chief resigns after 10 years of service

Thursday, March 8, 2001

Alta Police Chief Julian Ortiz resigned from his position Monday night during the Alta City Council meeting, after ten years of service in the community.

Ortiz said he would stay on through the end of the month if the city wishes, in order to help with whatever transition the council decides to put in place.

Ortiz has offered to work for the city until April 1, if the city will reimburse him for three weeks of unused vacation leave.

"I have no ill feelings for the city," Ortiz said. "I know I've enjoyed working in the community and with and alongside the other departments. I just think it's time to move on and see what else I can do."

Council member Dan Huseman told Ortiz that he was extremely disappointed to hear of his resignation.

"Julian had talked about leaving before, but it was kind of unexpected," city clerk Tom Huseman said. "We're hoping to get somebody hired."

Ortiz has gained attention in previous years as one of the state's first Hispanic Americans to hold such an office.

"I know that I'm the only Hispanic Police Chief in the state of Iowa and the Iowa Latino Affairs, of course, wanted me to stay," Ortiz said. "Right now, I plan to stay in the profession and in the area. I'm just going to try to work on some other things."

The city will advertise in local papers for a new officer with an application deadline of March 19.

"We're hoping to get somebody hired as soon as we can," Huseman said.

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