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October 23, 2013

APNewsBreak: After affair, official got gaming job

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation violated its policies by having a private relationship with a subordinate employee, but was moved to a high-profile job months later, newly released records show.

David Jobes was given a last-chance warning after superiors learned of the relationship, ordered to get remedial training on professional conduct and had his supervisory duties modified, according to a document dated Feb. 6 and obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

But three months later, he was transferred as DCI's assistant director for support operations to gaming operations, assuming responsibility for ensuring gaming integrity at Iowa's casinos, lottery and other forms of gambling.

While the appointment wasn't technically a promotion, it put him in charge of dozens of sworn officers who enforce laws governing a major industry in Iowa. Gaming agents recently handled a case in which the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces was alleged to have used $1,500 in counterfeit chips at a Council Bluffs casino. In his prior job, Jobes, 44, oversaw civilian employees performing functions such as criminal background checks and fingerprinting.

Since July, the Iowa Department of Public Safety had declined to explain how it handled Jobes' affair, saying it was a confidential personnel matter. The Associated Press obtained Jobes' disciplinary notice Monday from the Employment Appeal Board, an agency that is notified when DPS disciplines or terminates supervisors.

The notice said Jobes "engaged in a personal relationship" with a subordinate who was in his chain of command and failed to inform his immediate supervisor.

"Such inaction has reflected unfavorably on yourself and the department," DCI Director Chari Paulson wrote. "Furthermore, your actions have discredited the integrity of the department."

It said the warning should be considered the equivalent of a 30-day suspension and future violations would lead to termination.

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