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Governor wants independent review of fired DCI agent Larry Hedlund

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad wants an independent review of the firing of DCI agent Larry Hedlund. Hedlund was terminated after filing a complaint against a speeding trooper with the Iowa State Patrol who was transporting the governor to an event.  

Governor Branstad hopes this review will answer suspicions of retalition against Hedlund.

The governor earlier stated other events long before the complaint led to the Hedlund's termination, although documents detailing those events have not been made public.  

Governor Branstad appointed former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis A. Lavarato to conduct the review.

In a letter Branstad says in part, "I am committed to transparency. Iowa law prevents all Iowans from having all of the facts and evidence surrounding Mr. Hedlund's termination; therefore, I ask you to fully review the Internal Affairs investigation and provide the public with your own independent conclusion as to whether Mr. Hedlund's termination was in any way related to retaliation for reporting my vehicle for speeding on April 26, 2013."

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