The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

April 3, 2014

Former state workers outline abrupt 2011 firing

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DES MOINES —

He filed a grievance to regain his job but found another position by the completion of the process, so he took a $35,725 settlement.

"I wouldn't have been able to work under this administration," he said. "When they claim it was a reorganization, it was reorganized no doubt about it, but it wasn't in the best interest of the taxpayer by any stretch."

He was not offered additional money to keep his agreement quiet although the agreement did include a confidentiality clause.

Carol Frank, a mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience, lost her job at age 62. She fought to get her job back, but the state refused. She settled for just over $77,300 and was paid $5,000 to keep the agreement quiet.

"I took it. I felt lousy about it," she said. "I don't know that it was worth it. I just know that what they did wasn't legal at all and for me, I've never found another job."

Sen. Sandra Greiner, R-Washington, asked Frank if she's considered returning the $5,000 since she's now talking about the agreement.

Frank shot back: "If they want it back, I'll give it to them in pennies."

Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, said the reasons employees with institutional knowledge were purged from state government will become clearer as further hearings are held Thursday. He suggested many were fired for political reasons and others because of personal and business connections between DAS officials and hired replacement workers and outside contractors.

Three DAS officials, including Carroll and Woodley, are scheduled to appear before lawmakers.

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