August 17, 2018 12:49 PM
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A state employee says she was told that an Iowa State Patrol captain was "too close" to Gov. Kim Reynolds to face punishment for mishandling her report of being harassed by a trooper.
A spokeswoman for Reynolds says the comment attributed to Randy Olmstead, the executive officer in the Iowa Department of Public Safety, would be highly inappropriate if true.
The allegation comes in a complaint filed in April by legislative security coordinator Shawna Ferguson and recently obtained by The Associated Press.
Ferguson alleged that Capt. Mark Logsdon, who oversees Capitol police and the governor's security detail, blew her off when she reported receiving harassing private Facebook messages from a trooper last August.
She says she complained about Logsdon's response to Olmstead and he twice told her "they cannot do anything about Logsdon because he is too close to the governor."
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Updated: August 17, 2018 12:49 PM
Created: August 17, 2018 12:45 PM
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