An applicant for membership in the department of public safety, except clerical workers and special agents appointed under section 80.7, shall not be appointed as a member until the applicant has passed a satisfactory physical and mental examination. In addition, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States and be not less than twenty-two years of age. The mental examination shall be conducted under the direction or supervision of the commissioner of public safety and may be oral or written or both. Each applicant shall take an oath on becoming a member of the force, to uphold the laws and Constitution of the United States and of the state of Iowa. During the period of twelve months after appointment, any member of the department of public safety, except members of the present Iowa highway safety patrol who have served more than six months, is subject to dismissal at the will of the commissioner. After the twelve months' service, a member of the department, who was appointed after having passed the examinations, is not subject to dismissal, suspension, disciplinary demotion, or other disciplinary action resulting in the loss of pay unless charges have been filed with the department of inspections and appeals and a hearing held by the employment appeal board created by section 10A.601, if requested by the member, at which the member has an opportunity to present a defense to the charges. The decision of the appeal board is final, subject to the right of judicial review in accordance with the terms of the Iowa administrative procedure Act. However, these procedures as to dismissal, suspension, demotion, or other discipline do not apply to a member who is covered by a collective bargaining agreement which provides otherwise nor to the demotion of a division head to the rank which the division head held at the time of appointment as division head, if any. A division head who is demoted has the right to return to the rank which the division head held at the time of appointment as division head, if any. All rules, except employment provisions negotiated pursuant to chapter 20, regarding the enlistment, appointment, and employment affecting the personnel of the department shall be established by the commissioner in consultation with the director of the department of personnel, subject to approval by the governor.
[C27, 31, § 5017-a1; C35, § 5018-g3, -g5; C39, § 1225.19; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 80.15]
86 Acts, ch 1245, § 241; 88 Acts, ch 1234, §2
Referred to in § 80.25, 80.25A, 80.30, 80.35, 97A.1, 97A.3
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