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July 17, 2013

Fired Iowa agent says he's devastated, will sue

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa investigator says he's devastated by his firing after a 25-year career and believes it was retaliation for filing a complaint about the governor's speeding vehicle.

Special Agent Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation tells The Associated Press that he had tensions with his bosses, but "everything changed" after he filed the April 29 complaint about Gov. Terry Branstad's SUV.

His attorney, Tom Duff, said he will soon file a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination in Polk County. He says Hedlund's firing is a huge loss for Iowa taxpayers, because -- quote -- "If your child turned up missing or your family member was the victim of a crime, you'd want Larry on the case."

A termination document alleges Hedlund was disrespectful toward DCI Director Chari Paulson.

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