BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court ruled against a former director of the state police academy who was challenging his firing, deciding he wasn't entitled to protections under the state's Whistleblower Act.

Justices delivered the unanimous decision Wednesday, rebuffing the claim by former Peace Officer Standards & Training executive director Jeffry Black.

Black was fired from POST in November 2009 after more than three years leading the law enforcement training center in Meridian.

As justification, then-Idaho State Police director Jerry Russell said, among other things, that Black had failed to follow directives and refused to respond to requests regarding a personnel management audit report.

Black challenged his termination, however, contending his conduct was protected under the Whistleblower Act.

However, justices decided that Black's behavior amounted to classic insubordination amid bureaucratic turf squabbles.

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