Army IG official allowed to retire with full benefits despite reports of sexual assault

Retired Lt. Col. Joe Guzowski (LinkedIn)

A retired Army lieutenant colonel was allowed to retire as a Senior Executive Service civilian after working as a top Army inspector general official despite numerous reports of committing sexual assault.

Retired Lt. Col. Joe Guzowski voluntarily retired while the Army was reviewing a Department of Defense IG report into his actions after working for the Army as a civilian since 2004.  According to LinkedIn, he held the position of Principal Deputy Chief Congressional Legislative Liasion for the Office of the Secretary of the Army from 2004 to 2009, then taking the position of Principal Director to The Inspector General until his retirement.

Guzowski of kissing a subordinate after giving her a ride home, as well as touching the waists and buttocks of other women.  He was accused by four women, who claimed there were five separate incidents of misconduct.

April Cunningham, a spokeswoman for the Army, said that Guzowski’s retirement occurred before any discipline or loss of benefits.

“This effectively ended any further action by the Army, and we now consider the matter closed,” she said.

Guzowski denied all of the allegations despite the DoD IG office recommending “the Army take appropriate action regarding Mr. Guzowski.”

The report stated he had “failed to treat subordinates with dignity and respect.”

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