A 25-year veteran with the Division of Criminal Investigation is out of a job.
The attorney for Larry Hedlund confirms Hedlund was fired Wednesday morning.
Hedlund, who was a special agent, was placed on administrative leave May 1st, just three days after complaining to his superiors about an incident involving the governor’s speeding SUV.
Hedlund spotted the SUV speeding on Highway 20 near Iowa Falls and radioed ahead to another trooper. When that trooper realized it was the governor’s SUV, the pursuit was called off.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety denies Hedlund’s termination was the result of the incident involving the governor but Hedlund’s attorney doesn’t buy it.
“I think it had everything to do with the incident involving the governor,” Tom Duff says.
Hedlund’s attorney says his client had no prior disciplinary actions in his file, but acknowledges Hedlund had ongoing disagreements with his supervisors at the DCI.
“The incident with the governor was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Duff adds. “The timing of when he caught the governor, reported it, and then is put on suspension is just you know, it’s not a mere coincidence.”
The Department of Public Safety says disciplinary action was taken against Hedlund following an investigation into “allegations of work rule violations”. Due to its personnel policy, the DPS did not disclose the disciplinary action and would not confirm Hedlund had been terminated.