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UPDATE: Investigation ordered into sex harassment at Iowa Finance Authority

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

Governor Reynolds reverses course on the matter.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 1:43 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 4:23 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Governor’s Office is now ordering an independent review of the Iowa Finance Authority.

The investigation will be led by Des Moines attorney Mark Weinhardt and he will submit a report to Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Weinhardt’s mission will be to investigate the alleged sexual harassment that led to the firing of former IFA Executive Director David Jamison and any similar incidents that happened under his leadership.

The Governor initially rejected calls for any further investigation but Weinhardt will also look into what was known about the situation at the IFA and any response.

“Since the victims reported these horrible allegations, their safety and privacy have been my top priority,” says Governor Reynolds. “Now that one of the victims has made the decision to release the specific details of the harassment, I am ordering an independent review of David Jamison’s conduct and what was known about it.”

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is rejecting calls to further investigate problems at an agency where the director allegedly sexually harassed female employees for years.

Reynolds said the culture at the Iowa Finance Authority was "one individual and I fired him," referring to former director Dave Jamison. The Republican governor acknowledged others were aware of Jamison's problematic behavior but indicated she had no plans to hold them accountable for failing to report it.

Interim IFA Director Carolann Jensen said Thursday that there are no efforts underway to investigate further.

Reynolds fired Jamison last month after two employees complained of harassment to the governor's office. Reynolds released a complaint Thursday from one of the women alleging Jamison made unwanted sexual advances and comments.

The woman's attorney, Paige Fiedler, said a "responsible employer" would typically investigate such complaints to determine the extent of problems. Democratic lawmakers called for an independent investigation.

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