Man Who Made Sexual Comments and Told Cadet, 'I'll Slit Your Throat,' Gets a Warning

Michael Quinn, 70, the assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, reportedly violated Iowa’s anti-discrimination and violence-free workplace policies.

Camp Dodge.
Camp Dodge.
A man who reportedly told a cadet, "I'll slit your throat," if she acted up and made sexually explicit comments to employees has received "a stern warning" in lieu of more serious disciplinary action.

The Associated Press reported Michael Quinn, 70, the assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, violated the state’s anti-discrimination and violence-free workplace policies.

His boss, academy director Arlen Ciechanowski, issued a "written notice of alternative discipline" that he said carried the same weight as a five-day suspension without affecting Quinn's pay or benefits.

The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy is based at Camp Dodge in Johnston. It serves as a training center for law enforcement officers from around the state.

The matter came to light after an attorney for former academy instructor Nancy Brady provided the Associated Press with the warning letter to Quinn. Brady has argued in a grievance that she was unfairly fired after sending an email to Ciechanowski berating him for his lack of action against Quinn. Ciechanowski said the email was threatening.
yannaro August 23, 2013 at 09:44 PM
So the email was threatening enough to fire her but the guy's comment about slitting some one's throat gets only a disciplinary letter?
Thomas Van de Stroet August 24, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Thats the smell of any typical pig farm.
Linda Love August 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM
You have to be kidding. That man should have been fired immediately and Nancy Brady should be reinstated with full back pay. But, then, if I were her, I'd find a way to sue!
V.L. Stilts August 24, 2013 at 02:48 PM
A stren waring. My my whats next a spanking for him.
James August 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Unbelievable! This is the kind of law enforcement and justice that is being taught at this academy. Note to self, Do not to go to Iowa. Police training is corrupted. Of course the whistle blower was fired. Darkness can’t stand the light of day. I hope she makes millions. Maybe the state will take appropriate action then.
Dave Larkin August 25, 2013 at 07:06 PM
It's Iowa, he most likely set the sexy test to a pig or sheep. That is why he did not get into trouble
Brenda Morris August 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I am shocked and disturbed by the fact that Nancy Brady was fired from an email she wrote that was deemed "threatening". The same fool that fired her for the "threatening" email, basically gave a slap on the wrist to Michael Quinn, for making a death threat to a cadet. WTF is wrong with academy director Arlen Ciechanowski? In some places, threatening to "slit your throat" is considered to be a death threat. Quinn should be fired, and prosecuted for that action alone!
Tony Harris August 27, 2013 at 08:57 AM
It is a shame that these types of scandalous activities are only met with warnings. In the private sector we are held to a higher standard regarding hostile work environment and sexual harassment (as we should be) especially when the Iowa EEOC is involved in a complaint. We simply look the other way when an Iowa State troopers speed at excessive levels then we fire the state employee who brings the issue to light. Now a high level official threatens a cadet with violent life threatening reprisals and he gets a written warning but the woman who complains too vehemently about this clear injustice get fired. I have always supported law enforcement as I work for the DM Police department early in my career. I have lost respect for those in law enforcement who are blinded by the idea that they are above the laws and ethics that the rest of society are held to. Shame on those in law enforcement who would damage our public trust. As well shame on those in administrative positions who do not have ability to determine wrong is wrong and right is right. They need to develop a backbone and lead appropriately.


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