Hearing for fired Iowa patrol sergeant is delayed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A hearing for an Iowa State Patrol sergeant is who appealing his termination has been delayed a second time.

A two-day hearing for Kevin Knebel was scheduled for last week in front of an administrative law judge.

But a state official said Tuesday the case was delayed. Both sides will meet Jan. 9 to schedule a new date.

Knebel was fired in June after superiors accused him of lying to the Clear Lake Police Department during a disciplinary investigation into one of its officers. Knebel was with the officer on a night when the other officer had called in sick.

Knebel has denied wrongdoing, noting had no prior discipline in his 20-year patrol career.

The delay is significant because Knebel continues to collect his $83,500 annual salary during the appeal.