Advocates Question Law Enforcement Academy Hiring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Advocacy groups are calling on Gov. Terry Branstad to review the hiring and retention practices at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy after an employee was found to have made inappropriate workplace comments.

Leaders of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence say Wednesday they're concerned that an academy official kept his job after making sexually inappropriate remarks to female cadets. The Associated Press first reported that Assistant Director Michael Quinn had been rebuked for the comments.

Quinn kept his job as assistant director but was stripped of his longtime role as its Violence Against Women Act training coordinator. Then-academy instructor Nancy Brady claims she was wrongly terminated for complaining.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the administration must see a request from advocates before commenting.
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