The Iowa Department of Public Safety has confirmed that Lt. Kelly Hindman was taken off duty October 26 and remains on paid leave. Department spokesman Alex Murphy did not offer a reason for the move against Hindman, who was commander of the patrol’s post in Fort Dodge.
Murphy said all personnel records are confidential. Hindman drew attention in January of 2015 when he allegedly wrote on Facebook that he wanted a sniper to shoot ESPN college basketball announcer Dan Dakich in the head.
After an internal investigation, Hindman kept his supervisory position without a cut to his annual salary which is now at $100,000. Hindman has been with the patrol for 28 years.
(By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)