Former Fort Madison Police Officer William Bowker will not be returning to the department. He was fired by City Manager Byron Smith on Feb. 25, 2010.
Smith cited various acts of misconduct. They include falling asleep and/or missing phone calls while serving on the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and having an affair with the wife of Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer.
Bowker appealed the ruling to the Fort Madison Civil Service Commission. That panel sided with the city in mid-2010, prompting Bowker to sue the city and the commission in district court.
The Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats said “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” That pretty well sums up the thinking behind a concept often referred to as progressive education.