West Des Moines police chief accused of discrimination resigns

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The West Des Moines police chief who had been accused in a lawsuit of discriminating against three women has resigned.

West Des Moines City Manager Tom Hadden asked Police Chief Shaun LaDue to resign, the Des Moines Register reports.

City officials wouldn’t say whether the request was linked to the sex discrimination lawsuit or LaDue’s testimony last week.

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Previously, city officials had said they didn’t find evidence supporting complaints that LaDue had handed out unwarranted discipline or promoted less-qualified men.

Paige Fiedler, who represents one of the women who sued, says she hopes the city will hire a police chief who can make sure everyone’s contributions are valued.

West Des Moines Police Lt. James Barrett will be the interim chief. He is a 32-year veteran of the department.

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