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Community packs city council meeting over controversial police chief firing

HARTLEY, Iowa (KTIV) - On January 2, Hartley, Iowa's Mayor, Clayton Pyle, fired former chief of police Mark Younie.
The aftermath has been a lot of controversy, but Younie says he's not going anywhere.
"We're not moving from Hartley. We do love it here. My son and daughter are in the school system here and they love it here also, so we'll just have to go on to the next stage in our life," Mark Younie said.
Younie says Mayor Pyle fired him in front of his two officers, then sent him a letter explaining why the next day, saying he was unwilling to respect authority and didn't care about his job. 
Monday night's meeting was packed with folks on both sides of the issue. 
Some said they weren't there necessarily to be anti-Mark Younie, but to support the town's elected officials and their decisions.
"Every day people get fired and it doesn't make the news. I don't know why this one has before the due process has been carried out and the city council has had their time to vote on it," John Lyman, Hartley, Iowa said.
Some in the community beg to differ.
"Mark didn't let this just die when he was terminated. He loves this town and wants to be a part of it because he loves his job. We want him to have his job back because we know he did it correctly," Dolly Lohr, Hartley, Iowa said.
While Mark Younie's former position wasn't listed on the agenda for the council meeting, several people from the community showed up to speak out in support of Mark Younie and in support of reinstating him to his former position.
"This wasn't the time yet for my public hearing, so I understand that it was not the right moment yet for everybody to come in and speak and for the council to be able to address it back to the people who are speaking," Younie said.
The city council still hasn't set a date for Mark Younie's hearing.
We attempted to get comment from city representatives at the meeting, including the city attorney and Mayor Clayton Pyle.
All city officials refused to comment on the matter.
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