North Iowa officer resigns amid federal investigation

Jon Bailey (Photo from Eagle Grove Eagle)
Jon Bailey (Photo from Eagle Grove Eagle)

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WRIGHT COUNTY, IA-A north Iowa police officer is resigning after neighbors say his home was searched by federal officials.
A federal warrant was reportedly served at the officer’s home in Belmond Tuesday morning.

According to Eagle Grove City Administrator Mike Boyd, officer Jon Bailey was placed on administrative leave yesterday and resigned from his position Wednesday.

This news comes after a member of law enforcement confirmed to Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI that a federal warrant was served at his home.

I caught up with one of his neighbors who tells us their community just wants some answers.

“When I got home, there was several vehicles around, by my house and across the street,” said Bailey’s neighbor,  Ann Just.

Just lives right across the street from former officer Bailey and says the law enforcement presence on her block was on-going and continued into the evening.

“We have absolutely no idea what’s going on. The young man has always been pleasant to us, just have seen him in passing but always very pleasant and friendly so I don’t have a clue,” said Just.

She says while she sensed the situation was serious, it did not appear bailey was arrested.

“They did eventually come out and left in their car and then at some point in the night came back, so we don’t understand all this coming and going either. A little scary since there are federal agents involved. It’s a bit scary living across the street not knowing what’s going on,” she said.

Just describes her neighborhood to be very quiet and is in shock with all the attention one house is getting.

“You think that our police are there to protect and serve and so yes, it’s scary to know what’s going on,” said Just.

All questions relating to the charges and incident are being directed to the U.S.Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids.
Leaders there, are telling me they have no comment at this time.

We also contacted the FBI.
Their Public Information Officer says they cannot comment on an “ongoing” investigation.
The city administrator of eagle grove tells us former officer Jon Bailey started working for the city in January.

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