Hindman placed on leave

Second personnel investigation in a year

For the second time in a year, an Iowa State Patrol supervisor has been placed on administrative leave.

Lt. Kelly Hindman, District 7 commander of the Iowa State Patrol, was taken off duty on Oct. 26 and placed on paid administrative leave.

Alex Murphy, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, confirmed that Hindman is on paid leave.

He declined to go into specifics.

“It’s an internal matter, personnel records,” Murphy said.

Under Iowa law, personnel records are confidential.

While Hindman is on leave, Iowa State Patrol Lt. Rob Hansen has taken over as interim district commander.

“He was here at headquarters in Des Moines,” Murphy said Tuesday.

Murphy said Hindman’s placement does not leave the office short-staffed.

A voicemail left on Hindman’s cell phone seeking comment was not returned Tuesday.

In January 2015, Hindman made a post on his personal Facebook page where he joked about wanting to shoot an ESPN announcer in the head.

He posted about broadcaster Dan Dakich during an Ohio State-Iowa basketball game.

Hindman wrote that he wished “there was a sniper at Carver Hawkeye (Arena) to shoot the color commentator in the head … cause he is driving me nuts.”

At the time, Murphy said the DPS was taking the matter seriously.

“We will look into this allegation and take any necessary actions regarding this personnel matter,” Murphy said in January 2015.

Hindman declined then to comment when asked by The Messenger if he wanted to say anything.

After an internal investigation, Hindman kept his supervisory position without a cut to his annual salary, which is now $100,000.

He’s been with the patrol 28 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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