A petition filed by a former Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation employee is moving forward after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the case.
Larry Hedlund filed for an injunction against the records custodian of the Iowa Department of Public Safety in August. Hedlund claims a 500-page report about his firing from the DCI should not have been shared with a former Iowa Supreme Court justice Gov. Terry Branstad appointed to review the firing.
Judge Lawrence McClellan ruled Monday to deny the state’s motion to dismiss the petition. In the ruling he said the issues raised would be better addressed in a motion of summary judgment for a trial.
In the petition Hedlund asks that the report be returned, the Department of Public Safety’s records custodian pay a $2,500 fine, and that legal costs for the petition be paid by the records custodian.
Hedlund is also suing the state, claiming he was wrongfully terminated as retaliation for an incident involving a State Trooper who was speeding while transporting Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.