Copeland v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court held that Iowa Code 35C.8, an exception to the veterans preference statute that applies to veterans who "hold a strictly confidential relation to the appointing officer" does not apply unless the veteran had a direct reporting relationship with the appointing officer.
At issue before the Supreme Court was whether to read the exception to apply to veterans who have no direct relationship with "the appointing officer" or to read it more narrowly, as it did in Ervin v. Triplett, to not apply to veterans who worked in jobs that require "skill, judgment, trust, and confidence." 18 N.W.2d 599, 602 (Iowa 1945). The Supreme Court held that Ervin's narrow reading was the better approach, thus preventing the exception from "swallowing" the veterans preference by largely confining it to jobs that require "no discretion or responsibility." The Court thus vacated the decision of the court of appeals and reversed the district court's denial of a petition for writ of certiorari, holding that the district court erred in finding that the exception applied to Petitioner, who did not report to the "appointing officer."