APNewsBreak: Iowa agent opposed restructuring idea

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The investigator put on leave shortly after complaining about Gov. Terry Branstad’s speeding SUV had clashed with superiors about other policy matters, including a possible restructuring that could have affected his job.

Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund noted in an April 30 e-mail to Division of Criminal Investigation Director Chari Paulson that he was opposing an idea to reduce the number of DCI’s geographic zones from four to three. Hedlund was in charge of one of the zones, overseeing the DCI’s work in northeastern Iowa.

He wrote that he and other zone supervisors accepted new assignments “in exchange for your willingness to propose” staying at four zones. He says he’d asked DCI Assistant Director Gerard Meyers not to hold the issue “like a hammer over our heads.”

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