Ft. Madison Officer Loses Job Over Affair w/ Chief’s Wife
Iowa’s appeals court has upheld the termination of a
former Fort Madison police officer who had an affair with the police chief’s wife.
The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed in today’s ruling that former Fort
Madison officer William Bowker’s affair with the police chief’s wife, who was a
reserve officer, violated departmental rules. It also concluded that Bowker’s
past work misconduct was appropriately considered in his termination.
Bowker was seeking a reversal of a district court’s ruling. He contended that
his termination was arbitrary and capricious.
The higher court disagreed. It said while other officers in the department were
not disciplined for having affairs, the key difference was that those cases did
not implicate the chain of command. Several witnesses testified that Bowker’s
conduct was detrimental to the department.