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State worker to be reimbursed tens of thousands of dollars by taxpayers

tainted+moneyDES MOINES – A state worker who was fired from his job at the Iowa Department of Transportation stands to be reimbursed by Iowa taxpayers for the nearly two years that passed before he was reinstated, costing taxpayers well over $200,000.

In a settlement released this week, an administrative law judge declared that Ken Morrow was fired in August of 2012 and then reinstated in July of this year to a job as a highway maintenance manager at the Iowa DOT in Ames. At issue was back pay, IPERS payments, insurance premiums, moving expenses, the loss of his home and the contents of his personnel file.

Morrow will receive employer contributions back into his IPERS accounts of about $34,000; health and dental insurance premiums totaling nearly $28,600; about $16,800 in moving expenses and losses he incurred for selling his home; and about $185,000 in back pay after unemployment benefits were deducted.

His name will also be removed front he state’s “do-not-hire” list.

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The article doesn’t say why he was fired.

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