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September 27, 2013

Fired worker no longer barred

IOWA CITY — A former Iowa Law Enforcement Academy instructor was barred from Camp Dodge after academy officials claimed she was an armed threat, but the Iowa National Guard later lifted the order after finding no evidence to support that assertion, records and interviews show.

A December 2012 Iowa National Guard memo warned Camp Dodge security personnel that Nancy Brady had made threats toward academy employees and “should be considered armed when approached.” Brady says she was outraged to learn of the memo months later, insisting she has never owned a gun or threatened anyone.

The National Guard rescinded the ban June 18, after academy officials offered no justification to continue keeping Brady off the Johnston military base where the academy is housed, Lt. Col. Mike Kuehn said.

The academy’s treatment of Brady, who trained dispatchers for 14 years, has come under criticism in recent weeks, with critics questioning whether her career was destroyed for blowing the whistle on inappropriate behavior. The claim that she was an armed threat will raise more questions.

“They lied to the National Guard and made up that I had a weapon,” Brady said Thursday. “I was stunned.”

Brady, 57, says she was suspended in December and fired in January after facing months of retaliation for filing a complaint against assistant academy director Michael Quinn. Brady’s complaint prompted an investigation that found Quinn made repeated inappropriate sexual remarks to female students and co-workers and once threatened Brady by telling her, during a taped conversation, that he would “slit your throat” if she spent too much time talking to another employee.

Academy director Arlen Ciechanowski, who was promoted by Gov. Terry Branstad in 2011, admonished Quinn but decided to keep him as the academy’s No. 2 official. The Associated Press later reported that Quinn resigned from his previous job in 1999, after being accused of sexually harassing and bullying a female subordinate.

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