Attorney for Fired UI Officer: No Veterans Preference

IOWA CITY, IA (KCRG-TV9)-- The attorney for a fired University of Iowa police officer says his client received unfair treatment. Jeffrey Williams was fired on May 3RD right before he left for deployment with the Air National Guard. His termination came after an internal affairs investigation related to his search for drugs in a residence hall.

His lawyer, Skylar Limkemann, says Williams didn't receive his ‘veterans preference’ rights during the firing.

Limkemann says, “They failed to provide him due notice of the charges against him. They failed to provide him a veteran's preference hearing. And they failed to prove that he either engaged in misconduct, or he was incompetent.” A judge has scheduled a hearing for July 12th.

In a statement, a spokesperson with the university says “The university does not comment on pending legislation. I can only reiterate that the University of Iowa terminated Mr. Williams following an investigation that resulted in a founded complaint of an improper search and seizure and additional violations of departmental standards of conduct. It was not related to his deployment.”