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Sodders calls for leave, ouster of IVH commandant

May 6, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center) called for Governor Branstad to put the commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home on administrative leave following a Senate hearing today (Monday, May 6.) In a press statement, Sodders went on to say, " based on the information I had gathered before today's meeting, and what we have heard today, I have serious doubts that Commandant Worley should continue in his position and would not vote for his re-appointment."

Senator Sodders reprpesents Tama, Marshal land a portiono f Black Hawk County in the Iowa Seante.

Here's the complete text of his news release:

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State Senator Steve Sodders
D-State Center

"Serious issues have been raised today, issues that could negatively impact the care of veterans at the Iowa Veterans Home.

"For the last year, I've met with Iowans who currently work or have worked at the Iowa Veterans Home under Commandant David Worley and under other commandants.

"I've listened to these Iowans describe what appears to be hostile work environment at the Veterans Home, including allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment.

"That's why I am asking Governor Branstad to put Commandant Worley on administrative leave so a thorough investigation can be done by the Iowa Attorney General's office with the assistance of the Department of Criminal Investigation.

"I will also request that the Senate Oversight Committee review these allegations of a hostile work environment,

"Finally, based on the information I had gathered before today's meeting, and what we have heard today, I have serious doubts that Commandant Worley should continue in his position and would not vote for his re-appointment."

 
 

 

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