West Des Moines Police Chief Forced to Resign Following Series of Lawsuits

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The police chief of West Des Moines has been forced to quit after a series of lawsuits that claimed discrimination and harassment.

The West Des Moines city manager requested that Chief Shaun LaDue resign on Sunday. LaDue did just that, according to a city spokeswoman.

Three West Des Moines Police Department employees had filed a lawsuit against LaDue in May. The suit claimed sexual harassment and that the women were passed over for promotions because of their gender.

The city has settled with two of the three employees. The third trial is ongoing.

In a statement, a city spokesperson said, "City officials look forward to focusing on the future success of the department and its ability to provide quality law enforcement services to the citizens of West Des Moines."

Ladue's resignation is effective immediately.

Lieutenant James Barrett, a 32-year department veteran, will serve as interim police chief.