The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

State News

April 30, 2014

Settlements cost 3 universities $1.3M

IOWA CITY — Iowa's three public universities have made cash payments totaling more than $1.3 million to resolve employment disputes and issues since 2011, according to public records released Wednesday.

The Iowa Board of Regents released more than 150 settlement agreements reached since January 2011 with current and former employees of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, in response to a request by The Associated Press.

Roughly three dozen lump-sum payments were given to workers at a cost of $1.3 million, a figure that doesn't include dozens of other cases in which universities reimbursed employees for unspecified amounts of back pay or the cost of benefits. Nor does it count instances in which employees were allowed to remain on the payroll for a short period of time after their duties were reduced or eliminated.

Most of the lump-sum payments involved the University of Iowa, at a cost of more than $866,000. The settlements covered a range of disputes — including pending and threatened lawsuits, grievances and discrimination complaints filed with state and federal agencies — and often required employees to resign or retire.

The most expensive deal involved former pathology professor Morris Dailey, who was paid $275,000 after agreeing to retire in 2012. Reached in California, he said he was surprised his agreement was made public. He said he had not been accused of wrongdoing and had no complaints with the university when he took what he described as an early retirement for personal reasons.

"I loved working at the university, but they made an offer that was a reasonable thing not to refuse. That's about all I can say," he said. "I'm not entirely sure why or what transpired."

While legal settlements have always been public record in Iowa, many of the agreements had never been released and contained clauses that required both sides to keep them confidential. A few that were paid out of the state's general fund had been approved by the State Appeal Board and made public, but most others were settled internally and didn't need to go through that step.

Text Only
State News
  • Advocates hope for broader medical marijuana law

    A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already looking to see how they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill.

    July 27, 2014

  • Foreman calls Iowa murder case a 'slam dunk'

    The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution's case was a "slam dunk" even if the investigation had flaws.

    July 25, 2014

  • Iowa panel sued for rejecting Cedar Rapids casino

    Former Linn County Attorney Eugene Kopecky has sued the Iowa Racing Gaming Commission over its rejection of the proposed Cedar Rapids casino.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chicago Violence [Duplicate] Chicago authorities charge man in child's death CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago teenager accused of shooting dead an 11-year-old girl was aiming his gun at members of a rival gang when a stray bullet struck the girl as she was making s’mores during a sleepover, police said Thursday.At a news conference t

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • GOP Rauner's ad used made-up headlines SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.Businessman

    July 25, 2014

  • Illinois woman, 47, dies rescuing boy in Wisc. lake ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake.The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports 47-year-old Karen Wessel of Arlington Heights d

    July 25, 2014

  • techel.jpg Iowa man convicted of killing pregnant wife

    A former volunteer firefighter who hoped for a career in law enforcement was convicted Thursday of killing his pregnant wife, as jurors in his third trial rejected his claims that an unknown intruder shot her.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • RAGBRAI rider from Sioux City dies in Mason City

    A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.

    July 24, 2014

  • Deliberations resume at Iowa man's murder trial

    Jurors will be allowed to review the video, but not the transcript, of an Iowa man being interrogated as they consider whether he's guilty of murder in the death of his pregnant wife.

    July 24, 2014

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Poll

Should the city of Clinton appeal the open records violation ruling that will cost taxpayers $40,600?

Yes
No
     View Results
AP Video
Featured Comment
Front page
Featured Ads
Local Radar
Blue Zones Project
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Front page