Update: Fired Iowa Agent Says He's Devastated, Will Sue
by Associated Press
July 17, 2013 2:55 PM
An Iowa investigator says he's devastated by his firing after a 25-year career and believes it was retaliation for filing a complaint about the governor's speeding vehicle.
Special Agent Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation tells The Associated Press that he had tensions with his bosses, but "everything changed" after he filed the April 29 complaint about Gov. Terry Branstad's SUV.
His attorney, Tom Duff, said he will soon file a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination in Polk County. He says Hedlund's firing is a huge loss for Iowa taxpayers, because -- quote -- "If your child turned up missing or your family member was the victim of a crime, you'd want Larry on the case."
The 25-year veteran initiated an April 26 pursuit of an SUV that zipped past him at 90 mph in northern Iowa. A trooper let the vehicle go after learning it was another trooper who was driving Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Hedlund complained to superiors April 29 that the incident endangered public safety.
He was placed on leave May 1 pending an investigation of alleged rule violations, including operating his vehicle on a vacation day and being disrespectful during a conference call.