Reinstated Officer Receives Back Pay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state panel has approved back pay for a state investigator who was reinstated after being fired because of an accusation he hazed a fellow recruit during a basic training academy.

The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Appeal Board on Monday approved a $24,782 payment to Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Andrew Harrelson.

The payment came after an arbitrator last October ordered Harrelson be reinstated, finding his termination wasn't justified. Harrelson repeatedly denied involvement.

The reasoning behind the arbitrator's ruling was kept secret.

Harrelson and Iowa State Patrol trooper Joshua Guhl were fired last year after another trooper accused them of a 2008 hazing incident at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The trooper reported the incident in 2012.

An arbitrator ordered Guhl reinstated but didn't award back pay.
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