- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa State Patrol commander never missed a monthly child support payment and his resignation wasn’t linked to a state collection effort alleging he was delinquent, his attorney said Saturday.

Lt. Kelly Hindman left his 28-year employment with the patrol Thursday; he’d been on administrative leave since Oct. 26. The Iowa Department of Public Safety hasn’t explained the reason for either, saying it is a confidential personnel matter.

His resignation came the same day The Associated Press inquired about a court action filed in September by the Child Support Recovery Unit to withhold income from Hindman’s paycheck to cover allegedly overdue child support obligations. That order was terminated in October after the 7-year-old girl’s mother signed an “affidavit of partial satisfaction” saying that Hindman had paid her $47,790, or about 4½ years of monthly payments.

Hindman’s attorney, Stephen Kersten, said Saturday he has no idea why the recovery unit initiated the court action because Hindman hadn’t missed any monthly payments and the girl’s mother hadn’t sought state intervention. He said Hindman had voluntarily supported the girl since learning he was the father when she was 2.

Kersten said he called the unit to dispute that Hindman was delinquent, and was told to provide proof that the payments had been made directly to the mother, former public safety dispatcher Susan Huss. After Huss signed the affidavit, a judge approved Hindman’s partial satisfaction of his obligations and ordered the recovery unit to “adjust its records accordingly.”

The unit terminated its order to withhold Hindman’s income on Oct. 19, after it had done so on two paychecks, Kersten said.

Kersten said that he doesn’t represent Hindman related to his employment, and doesn’t know what led to Hindman’s departure from the patrol. But he said the resignation had “no nexus” to the child support matter.


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