(DES MOINES) Governor Terry Branstad is appointing a former State Supreme Court Justice to review the firing of a veteran Criminal Investigator who had complained about the Governor’s speeding vehicle.
Governor Terry Branstad appointed former Chief Justice Louis Lavarato to independently examine the firing of Larry Hedlund who was a special agent with the division of criminal investigation. The move is a surprise since Branstad had defended Hedlund’s firing and denied retaliation.
Hedlund had pursued the Governor’s speeding SUV on a highway on April 26th, he clocked it traveling 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. Hedlund called for support, then backed off after learning the vehicle was being driven by a fellow trooper transporting Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Hedlund was fired last week for what the Department of Public Safety called unbecoming conduct.
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