Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Asst. Director Firing ‘Political’

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JOHNSTON, Iowa — The assistant director at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy has been fired just weeks before he was expected to retire.

Academy Director Arlen Ciechanowski says he terminated Michael Quinn’s job Tuesday.

It comes more than a year after an investigation found that Quinn violated anti-discrimination and violence-free workplace policies.

In 2012, instructor Nancy Brady sparked an investigation after informing the DAS that Quinn repeatedly talked about his sex life to female recruits and asked them lewd questions.

Brady also claimed he threatened to "slit her throat."

Quinn was reprimanded after that investigation but was still allowed to keep his job.

Brady, who was fired from the academy in January 2013, released a statement on Quinn's firing.

"Removing Mike Quinn two weeks before he was already leaving seems a little silly to me. I believe it is a political move just to show effort on the part of someone since he worked two years after the students complained about him."

She went on to say, "Abuse of authority by government officials is not a political party issue. It is simply unethical and against the law, and all Iowans deserve better from our tax dollar paid officials."

In April, Quinn said he would step down at the end of June to spend more time with his family.

The director declined to give a reason for his decision, saying it’s a personnel issue.



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