Kansas State Trooper has termination overturned

Dobler said he believed he was retaliated against for supporting the six women’s claims. In 2021, Dobler was fired from the KHP.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 5:40 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - On August 16th, the Kansas State Civil Service Board overturned the termination of Kansas State Trooper Justin Dobler and reinstated him to his position of Trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Justin Dobler joined the KHP in 2017, and in 2020 when six women filed a lawsuit against KHP Col. Herman Jones alleging harassment, Dobler posted a message of support on Facebook.

“It was just the intimidation of we know what you’re doing and saying, you better start going our way, be in our canoe or we’re going to take care of you,” Dobler said.

Dobler said he believed he was retaliated against for supporting the six women’s claims. In 2021, Dobler was fired from the KHP.

In his appeal to the State Civil Board, Dobler claimed a review of his involvement in a fatal chase in 2020 was changed to result in his dismissal after he made those comments. KHP leadership listed several reasons for the timing, such as the serious nature of the review itself, the fact the case had been sent to the District Attorney, and the general hindrance of COVID-19 at the time.

13NEWS has also learned Dobler will face a year-long suspension without pay upon return. A federal lawsuit regarding Dobler’s termination is still ongoing and mediation is expected to be finished by October 1st. A trial is also set for November of next year.

President of The Kansas State Troopers Association Bryan Clark made the following statement on Wednesday: “The Kansas State Troopers Associations is thrilled with this outcome as it reversed one of many unjustified terminations that have been handed down by Col. Herman Jones and his administration. We hope this decision and those that follow will finally send a clear message to Governor Kelly and the citizens of Kansas that a change in leadership at the KHP is absolutely necessary to salvage what is left of our Agency.”

Colonel Jones issued the followed statement on Thursday: “We understand the decision that was made and will take it into consideration the board’s ruling, which will help us determine how we move forward.”

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