The Iowa Veterans home will soon have an additional leader. Governor Branstad announced Tuesday that retired Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson will assume a new role as the Chief Operating Officer at the home.
She will serve alongside Commandant David Worley and a staff of more than 800 to care for nearly 500 veterans and their spouses.
Tymeson served in the National Guard for more than 30 years and was the first female in Iowa to be promoted to brigadier general. She is currently serving as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs and will begin her new role at the end of May.
This appointment comes just one day after the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing over allegations that Commandant Worley has a history of bullying and intimidating employees. Worley was present at the hearing, but declined to address specific allegations.
The Governor's Office insists the creation of this new position has nothing to do with the hearing. Worley will keep his job and remain the public face and voice of the center.
Senator Steve Sodders called on Governor Branstad Monday to place Worley on leave pending investigation into the allegations. After Tuesday's announcement Sodders renewed that call and released the following statement, “The appointment of retired Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson as Chief Operating Officer is a positive, first step toward restoring confidence at the Iowa Veterans Home and ensuring the proper treatment of veterans and IVH employees.”