By PETER HUSSMANN
Long-time Jasper County Sheriff's Office Lt. Eric Nation tendered his resignation with the department late last month after he had previously been placed on paid administrative leave due to an "employment investigation."
Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon said that Nation submitted a letter of resignation on May 23, which took effect immediately.
Simon said he could not speak to the "employment investigation" that led Nation to be placed on paid administrative leave.
Jasper County Sheriff Mike Balmer said he, too, could not talk speak to Nation's employment situation but also confirmed that he had resigned.
Nation began his law enforcement career with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office in 1995, after previously working as a jailer. From 1996 to 2002 he was assigned to an undercover narcotics unit in Polk, Dallas and Jasper counties.
Since 2007, Nation has been assigned to a supervisory role with the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) task force, a multi-jurisdictional undercover narcotics unit in central Iowa.
Nation also started the Jasper County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, a local unit of the state organization that advocates on behalf of children endangered by the parents' or caregivers' use of illicit drugs.