Iowa officials are re-examining state personnel rules after a newspaper investigation revealed that 33 state employees who were fired returned to work for the state in the past five years.
The Des Moines Register examined the records of 328 state employees fired for just cause in the past five years.
An Iowa conservation officer is still working even after being fired twice for alcohol-related offenses.
David Roederer, the head of Iowa’s Department of Management, said he’s troubled by the findings even though most of the cases where an employee is rehired involve the state’s grievance and arbitration process where the employee appealed the firing.
“I appreciate you bringing this to our attention because this as a policy should not be happening,” Roederer said.
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