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Meskwaki Tribe fires assistant police chief over harassment






Jason Dunagan, Photo from Facebook

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has fired its assistant chief of police due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Jason Dunagan was fired on August 18 after being suspended earlier in the month. Details of the allegations were cited in the denial of his unemployment benefits by the Iowa Workforce Development.

"The claimant admitted to showing his co-workers explicit and/or nude photos of female partners," the decision stated. "He admitted commenting to a co-employee’s daughter on Snapchat that she had a 'nice tan' and a 'nice belly button ring.' After seeing a picture of another co-worker’s granddaughter, the claimant said that she was 'hot' and joked about waiting for her to turn 16 years old."

Dunagan worked for the tribe in various positions after being discharged from another police department in 2005. He then worked as police chief in a different jurisdiction until May 2013, when he returned to the tribe.

Get the Story:
Meskwaki discharges assistant chief of police after sexual harassment claims (The Cedar Rapids Gazette 11/12)

Iowa Workforce Development Decision:
Jason Dunagan v. Sac & Fox Tribe (November 7, 2014