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Jasper County MINE Drug Task Force supervisor resigns

Published: Monday, June 4, 2012 3:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:10 p.m. CDT

Lt. Eric Nation, head of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) Task Force, submitted his resignation to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office last month, Sheriff Mike Balmer confirmed Monday afternoon.

Nation, a 16-year veteran of the department, submitted his resignation May 23 for unconfirmed reasons. Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon told another news outlet that Nation previously was placed on administrative leave after an “employment investigation” and before Nation submitted his letter of resignation. When asked Monday, Balmer said he could neither confirm nor deny the investigation.

Nation began working as a law enforcement officer for Jasper County in 1995. He was the latest supervisor of the MINE Task Force, in 2011 became a consultant for both the Iowa Drug Endangered Children Alliance and the Nation Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) and was named the chairman of the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Task Force. Last year, Nation also was honored at the National DEC conference with the Collaborative Leadership Award. A phone call to Nation was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Mike Mendenhall can be contacted at (641) 792-3121 ext. 422 or via email at mmendenhall@newtondailynews.com.