WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending a harassment investigation that ended with a state trooper being fired after a 10-month paid leave and examined whether a powerful captain responded appropriately to concerns.
Reynolds said Wednesday that the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Administrative Services followed appropriate procedures and ultimately terminated trooper Wade Karp on July 3.
Reynolds declined to reveal what the investigation found related to Iowa State Patrol Capt. Mark Logsdon, who oversees the governor's security detail.
A state employee had accused Logsdon of failing to act after she informed him she was afraid of Karp after receiving unsettling Facebook messages from him seeking a relationship. Karp was placed on paid leave last September when the woman then complained to others.
The state has refused to release the findings of its investigation, calling them confidential personnel information.