Judge refuses Iowa’s request to dismiss Hedlund petition
DES MOINES (MCT) — A district judge has refused the state’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former DCI agent alleging the Branstad administration improperly shared a confidential personnel file with an independent investigator reviewing agent’s firing and claims of retaliation.
Larry Hedlund, a former special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has challenged the state’s decision to share a lengthy report related to his firing with former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis Lavorato – who Gov. Terry Branstad appointed to review disciplinary action taken against Hedlund.
Lavorato concluded last August that the governor’s office was not involved in decisions to place Hedlund on leave in May and to eventually terminate his employment. Hedlund was a central figure in a high-profile incident last April where a state trooper driving an SUV carrying Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was clocked driving 84 mph in a 65-mph zone.
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