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Supervisor arrested for domestic abuse assault misses weekly board meeting

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David Tripp's chair is empty at the weekly meeting David Tripp's chair is empty at the weekly meeting
There was an empty seat at the Woodbury County Supervisor's meeting Tuesday.

It was the one held by Supervisor David Tripp, who was arrested Saturday morning on a charge of domestic abuse assault.  Tripp was arrested about four Saturday morning at his home in Sioux City.

Court papers show he was involved in a disturbance with his wife, when he fired a revolver in the air near her. Jacquelyn Tripp said it caused her "to be in fear of immediate physical harm."

"It was an unfortunate incident, but there is no legal authority that the board has to involve itself with this," Board Chairman Clausen said.
Clausen said Tripp's role as an elected official hasn't changed.  Tripp left Clausen a message to inform him he wouldn't be at the meeting.

Because of the incident, Tripp is on paid administrative leave from his full time job as a correctional officer at the Woodbury County Jail.

"Under the peace officer's bill of rights, he's on administrative leave because they have that right for protection. We have to look at our policy and procedure manual and see what conduct is violated. It's different than the courts. The burden is totally different," Sheriff Dave Drew said.

Drew said his department has launched an internal investigation.  "We consider our positions in the Sheriff's office to be held to a higher standard and we want to make sure that we're in that realm all the time," Drew said.

Woodbury County Attorney PJ Jennings said his office has received the police report and is reviewing all facts in the case.

He also said they're considering whether to outsource the case because of a potential conflict of interest.    

According to the Iowa State Association of Counties handbook, any appointed or elected county official convicted of a felony, an aggravated misdemeanor,  or any public offense involving the violation of the incumbent's oath of office will result in automatic removal.

The domestic abuse assault charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.


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