Iowa county’s HR consultant arrested by deputy after meeting

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TIPTON, Iowa (AP) — The human resources consultant for an Iowa county has been arrested by one of its deputies after allegedly driving to the courthouse without a license.

A Cedar County deputy stopped Paul Greufe on Sept. 16 in Tipton and jailed him on a charge of driving while revoked. Greufe is a consultant who handles personnel matters for Cedar County and several Iowa municipalities.

Greufe lost his driver’s license for one year in May after he refused to submit to a breath test following a Linn County traffic stop. He later pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated.

Sheriff Warren Wethington says his office was aware that Greufe’s license was revoked. A deputy pulled Greufe over after watching him leave a meeting at the courthouse.

Greufe spent the night in jail and was released after appearing in court.

Given the criminal case, Wethington says his employees are concerned about whether they’ll be treated fairly by Greufe during upcoming union negotiations. He plans to ask county supervisors to appoint a different negotiator next week.

Greufe and his attorney didn’t immediately return messages.

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