Iowa special agent on paid leave amid disciplinary inquiry

A Division of Criminal Investigation agent in western Iowa is confirming that she’s on paid administrative leave amid a disciplinary investigation.

Special Agent Ashley Goodsell said Wednesday that she’s done nothing wrong but cannot comment further because the investigation is ongoing. She says she’s being represented by the State Police Officers Council.

DCI assistant director Mitch Mortvedt said in a text message that he couldn’t comment on Goodsell’s status. The Department of Public Safety hasn’t responded to an inquiry about the case.

A new department policy says officers facing misconduct investigations can be on leave for up to 30 days or longer with management approval, and calls for most inquiries to be completed within 60 days.

Goodsell is based in Council Bluffs and has been an agent since 2008.

The state salary database shows she earned about $64,000 last year.