Former West Union police officer resigns, files complaints with Civil Rights Commission

West Union, Iowa – A former West Union canine police officer has filed a second complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission alleging she was forced to resign after complaints of harassment and discrimination.

Affidavits obtained by North Iowa News say Sierra Fox accuses Police Chief Paul Bechtold for treating her differently than male officers, denied her a women’s uniform and used sexually charged language. The claims were reportedly corroborated by two former officers.

Court documents show Fox complained to City Administrator Nick McIntyre on January 23 and filed a complaint on February 9 with the Civil Rights Commission.

McIntyre tells North Iowa News he would not comment on case specifics.


During a recorded meeting last week, McIntyre allegedly gave Fox six write-ups for performance issues and placed her on administrative leave.

Fox claims she was forced to resign.


The council approved the resignation Monday night.

Fox is required to return the dog on Friday.  She requested to keep canine Xena.

Cheif Bechtold could not be reached for comment.

AUDIO: The meetwing between Fox, McIntyre and other city officials:



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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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