Governor Terry Branstad has elevated a former Des Moines Police Chief to the top spot at the academy where law enforcement officers are trained. Judy Bradshaw retired last October from the Des Moines Police Department and was soon tapped by Branstad to be assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
The academy’s director Arlen Ciechanowski had been under scrutiny for the way he handled cases of alleged sexual harassment involving cadets and academy staff. There were not enough members of the Iowa Senate willing to vote this spring to confirm Ciechanowski to continue as the agency’s leader.
He’s retiring at the close of business today and the 56-year-old Bradshaw will take over Wednesday.