Former Eagle Grove police officer faces federal investigation

EAGLE GROVE – An Eagle Grove police officer who had been with the force nearly three months has resigned in the wake of a federal investigation, Mike Boyd, Eagle Grove city administrator confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Jon Bailey had been placed on administrative leave Tuesday.

“He was placed on adminstrative leave yesterday when the federal agents approached us and told us,” Boyd said. “He resigned this morning.”

Boyd was unable to characterize the federal investigation of Bailey, but he said various federal agencies had converged on Baileys home.

Bailey lives in Belmond, Boyd said.

“All I know is they searched his place,” Boyd said. “I saw one guy with a jacket that had FBI on it.”

Bailey’s resignation, which was tendered to Eagle Grove Police Chief Rey Beltran early Wednesday, was effective immediately, Boyd said.

Boyd said that Bailey is not, to his knowledge, facing any municipal or state investigations.

It was not clear if charges had been filed against Bailey as of Wednesday night.

Jonathan Bailey worked as a detention officer in Polk County from Jan. 7, 2008, until he was terminated on Aug. 2, 2011, according an official with Polk County.

Eagle Grove’s police force was comprised of five officers prior to Bailey’s resignation, according to Boyd.