Court says former sleepy FM cop's firing justified

An Iowa appeals court says the city of Fort Madison was justified when it fired a former police officer.

Wednesday's decision upholds a March 2012 ruling by a district court judge in a lawsuit filed by former Fort Madison police officer William Bowker.

The decision says Bowker was fired for sleeping on the job and missing calls and having an affair with Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer's wife.

Bowker had argued that the city was wrong to fire him since the incidents took place while he worked at the Lee County Drug Task force. His removal from the task force was tantamount to punishment, according to Bowker's argument.

The three-judge panel said the affair impacted the department's chain of command and the willingness of fellow officers to work with him.

Bowker can appeal the ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court.