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U. Iowa officer says he was fired before military deployment

June 8, 2018

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa police officer claims he was unfairly fired days before departing for a lengthy military deployment overseas.

Jeffrey Williams argues in court papers that his May 3 firing violated a state law that gives veterans job protections.

Williams was placed on leave April 19 during his final shift before leaving for a one-year deployment with the Air National Guard.

His termination followed an internal investigation into his seizure of marijuana and paraphernalia from a dorm room.

University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says Williams allegedly violated department policies involving search and seizure and standards of conduct.

Williams’ attorney, Skylar Limkemann, says his client did nothing wrong in seizing and destroying the drugs. He says nobody complained about the search and the investigation was a “sham.”

The 30-year-old Williams says he had no prior discipline and was terminated without a hearing required by law. He’s seeking reinstatement.

A hearing is set for July 12.

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