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Iowa appeals court upholds Evansdale police chief's firing

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a former Evansdale police chief.

The city fired Michael Burke on Nov. 1, 2006 after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him and after an investigation showed he didn't properly handle property seized during an investigation.

The appeals court on Wednesday upheld a district court's decision, saying Burke's due process rights were protected by the option for a post-termination hearing, which he did not request.

Burke claimed he was illegally fired because he was not granted a pre-termination hearing. A district court rejected his argument, saying Burke was employed at-will and that there was no requirement for a pre-termination hearing.

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