Should Disciplinary Records Of State Employees Be Made Public?

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa officials say they made a mistake in releasing the records of 328 state employees because nearly half of those resigned to avoid being fired.

The state says 145 of the people included in the initial list of fired employees resigned to avoid having a termination on their record. Earlier this month, The Des Moines Register reported that 33 employees who had been fired were later rehired by the state.

Now, Gov. Terry Branstad and some lawmakers are talking about changing the law to make more disciplinary records of state employees available to the public.

Rep. Kevin Koester, R-Ankeny, says the public should know when state employees are disciplined or fired because public safety may be on the line when a bad employee is rehired.

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