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Iowa Police Agency Fires Trooper Who Had Been On Long Leave

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Public Safety has fired a state trooper who was on paid leave for ten months.

The department told The Associated Press that trooper Wade Karp was terminated Tuesday for violating unspecified rules governing employee conduct.

The move comes one week after AP reported that Karp had been kept on paid leave since Sept. 5, 2017 and collected about $50,000 in salary since then.

The department has refused to explain the lengthy leave, and claimed Tuesday that all other information about the termination would be kept secret.

The AP is protesting that position, noting that Iowa law requires state and local government agencies to release the "documented reasons and rationale" for terminating or demoting public employees.

Karp declined comment when reached on his cell phone. He'd been with the Iowa State Patrol since 2008.

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