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Wed December 7, 2005
Keokuk Police Officer Relieved of Duty
Keokuk, IA – A member of the Keokuk Police Department has been let go. Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew says Officer Jason Dunagan was relieved of duty Friday morning. Crew says he received a letter from the city attorney stating that it was the city's opinion that Officer Dunagan was unable to fulfill the duties required of a Keokuk police officer. Crew says the letter did not detail how the decision was reached, other than it was reached after an investigation into an accident involving Dunagan in early October. On October 3, the patrol car Dunagan was driving crashed into a van and a house on the city's northwest side. Crew says the dismissal of Dunagan leaves the department extremely short-handed. Crew says he will ask the city council, at its workshop this week, for permission to hire a new officer. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the city will not comment on the decision, citing personnel matters. The city council received a letter about the situation prior to last week's pubic workshop, but there was not discussion on the matter.