DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad is calling for the release of a 500-page investigation that led to the firing of a state agent.
Additionally, the governor said he wants a review of the 3,200 license plates that cannot be picked up by traffic cameras, and he has directed his Iowa State Patrol drivers to stay within the speed limit “unless there is an emergency.”
The governor made his remarks today at a news conference which came a day after former Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Larry Hedlund was fired from his job.
Hedlund’s attorney claims the firing is at least partially related to the agent complaining that Branstad’s vehicle was given a free pass from a speeding ticket last April. Branstad said his office had nothing to do with the firing.
Branstad said the public would get a better picture of what occurred in the Hedlund case if it was allowed to see the report the governor reviewed this morning, but personnel laws prevent it from being made public.
The governor also said that he agrees with Hedlund’s firing.
“Based on what I know, what they did was fair and just,” he said.