Iowa appeals court upholds police officer’s firing

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s appeals court has upheld the termination of a former police officer who had an affair with the police chief’s wife.

The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed in a Wednesday ruling that former Fort Madison officer William Bowker’s affair with the police chief’s wife, who was a reserve officer, violated departmental rules. It also concluded that Bowker’s past work misconduct was appropriately considered in his termination.

Bowker was seeking a reversal of a district court’s ruling. He contended that his termination was arbitrary and capricious.

The higher court disagreed. It said while other officers in the department were not disciplined for having affairs, the key difference was that those cases did not implicate the chain of command. Several witnesses testified that Bowker’s conduct was detrimental to the department.

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