Council to stay out of Iowa police academy issues

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The council that oversees the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy won’t get involved in the high-profile personnel issues facing its staff.

ILEA Council Chair Brian Guy and Vice Chair Brian Gardner said Monday they’ve only learned through media reports about the disciplinary action taken against assistant director Michael Quinn for inappropriate comments and the firing of instructor Nancy Brady.

Gardner says he doesn’t expect the council to take any action because personnel issues are up to the director and Department of Administrative Services.

Gov. Terry Branstad selected Arlen Ciechanowski as academy director in 2011 after pledging to remove Director Penny Westfall during his 2010 campaign.

Ciechanowski promoted and has stood by Quinn even after an investigation found he made numerous inappropriate workplace comments. Brady claims she was wrongly terminated for complaining.

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