Iowa public safety chief leaves after rocky tenure
IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s top public safety official has resigned, his top aide said Wednesday, after a rocky and widely criticized tenure that lasted less than a year.
Public Safety Commissioner K. Brian London submitted his resignation during a meeting Tuesday evening with Gov. Terry Branstad, aide Steve Ponsetto said. London spent 11 months as head of the department that investigates major crimes, patrols Iowa’s roadways and collects criminal intelligence.
London’s resignation is the culmination of months of negative publicity for the department. Current and former employees have blamed him for a drop in employee morale and missteps in a scandal involving the governor’s speeding vehicle, and he has been criticized for a remark that offended Filipinos.
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