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Accused harasser now working security at Iowa State events

Accused harasser now working security at Iowa State events

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former state government official who was fired for sexually harassing women now has a job working for the security contractor that helps manage Iowa State University athletic events, The Associated Press has learned.

Dave Jamison has worked as an usher and parking attendant at recent Cyclones games as an employee for the Contemporary Services Corporation, which provides crowd management and security services, university spokesman John McCarroll confirmed Thursday.

Gov. Kim Reynolds fired Jamison last March as director of the Iowa Finance Authority after two women reported that he had sexually harassed them for years and made them feel unsafe.

An independent investigation that was made public in September verified their allegations, which included showing pornography, routinely making comments about sex and women's bodies and one groping incident that could be considered assault. State officials agreed last week to pay an unprecedented $4.15 million to those two women to avoid lawsuits, and they are now considering a request by State Auditor Rob Sand to seek restitution from Jamison personally.

Jill Zwagerman, a Des Moines attorney who has represented victims of sexual harassment and discrimination, said she was surprised to learn of Jamison's new job. She said it creates liability risks for the company and the university should another incident occur, given Jamison's known history of alleged harassment.

"When you know that someone has a propensity to do that, and when it's that extreme, it is risky," said Zwagerman, who did not represent Jamison's accusers.

Zwagerman questioned why the company would send Jamison to work at Iowa State games in the first place, and why the university would not prevent him from working around thousands of its students and fans.

McCarroll said that the university's contract gives the company, known as CSC, the authority to select and hire its own employees and determine which ones to provide services at football and basketball games. He said that CSC is also responsible for managing and supervising its employees during those events.

CSC officials haven't returned messages seeking comment left at their headquarters in Los Angeles and their Des Moines office.

CSC asks job applicants to explain the reason for leaving their previous employment and whether they can make "guests feel at home by proactively anticipating their needs and offering assistance," according to its online application.

It's unclear whether Jamison was hired by CSC before or after the publication of the state's independent investigation, which described his "aggressive and harassing treatment" of the two women and another less severe incident with a third. A fourth woman who says she was also harassed didn't cooperate with investigators.

Jamison hasn't been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing, although the investigation said that his denials weren't credible given testimony from others and documentation. He didn't return a message seeking comment Thursday.

Jamison, 61, had led the Iowa Finance Authority since 2011. The agency's board agreed last week to dip into a revolving loan fund to reimburse the state budget for the $4.15 million settlement expense.

Before she fired him, Jamison was longtime friends and allies of Gov. Kim Reynolds dating back to the 1990s when Jamison served as the Story County treasurer.

Updated : 2021-04-23 08:23 GMT+08:00