Fired Iowa DCI Agent Still Being Paid

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By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lost in the controversy over an Iowa investigator's firing is a surprising fact: he hasn't lost his pay since being terminated in July.

A little-known law requires the Department of Public Safety to pay terminated supervisors while they appeal their firings administratively, which can take a year or longer.

That means former special agent Larry Hedlund still receives his $96,500 salary even as some Democratic lawmakers demand his reinstatement, claiming he was unfairly punished for reporting the Republican governor's speeding SUV.

A state patrol sergeant remains on the payroll after his June firing. A third fired DPS supervisor received nearly $90,000 during a 14-month appeal that ended in 2010.

Hedlund says he was stunned to learn he'd remain on the payroll after his firing and that he'd rather be working.

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