- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Iowa Department of Public Safety official who contends he was unfairly disciplined and pressured into quitting.

District Judge Paul Scott ruled Thursday that Theodore Wright failed to appeal his demotion through an administrative agency before filing suit.

Wright was a longtime trooper who became a sergeant. He joined the Professional Standard Bureau in 2010 as the staff inspection coordinator and property evidence manager.

Wright contends that his bosses unfairly investigated him, leading to a reprimand and a 2011 demotion to a trooper job. He resigned instead.

Wright contended the demotion was improper because the department never filed disciplinary charges with the Department of Inspections and Appeals. Scott says Wright never appealed the disciplinary notice.

Wright’s lawyer’s office said it will appeal.

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