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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A deputy Iowa prison warden who was fired in March has been reinstated and awarded $40,000 in back pay, a raise and additional vacation and sick time.

The Iowa Department of Corrections fired Michael Kane as deputy warden of the maximum-security prison in Anamosa for alleged rules violations that haven’t been released.

But the state reversed its decision last month, reinstating Kane with back pay and benefits into an administrative job in Coralville.

Kane, who appealed his firing, says he’s “glad for the outcome.”

The Department of Administrative Services refused to release records showing why Kane was terminated and later reinstated. A spokeswoman says disciplinary records are exempt from Iowa’s open records law under a state Supreme Court decision.