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DIRECTOR FIRED: Hush Money ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’

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Department of Administration Services Director Mike Carroll was let go hours after emails showed money was paid to a former state worker to keep quiet.

Both Carroll and his boss, Governor Branstad had been adamant that dismissed state workers were not paid in exchange for their silence.

Now, we know that at least one of those people was.

Carol Frank told the Legislative Oversight Committee she was just a few years from retirement when the Department of Administrative Services let her go in 2011.

"I was 62-years-old when I was laid off."

She also told lawmakers she was paid to keep quiet about her termination, something DAS Director Mike Carroll denied when he appeared before the Oversight Committee last week.

"For the agreements that I signed and for the agreements that our department was involved in, there would not have been hush money offered," said Carroll.

We now know that's not true.  In fact, emails indicate DAS offered Frank so-called hush money.

Read the emails

Frank's attorney responded to the offer in an email dated March 7, 2013.  It reads, "Ms Frank accepts your offer to add the confidentiality provision for payment of an additional $6,500.  Please send us a revised agreement and we will begin getting signatures."

DAS attorney, Ryan Lamb responds, "Excellent.  Will do."

Four days later, Dir. Carroll signed the settlement agreement.

Senator Janet Petersen, who chairs the Oversight Committee, has called for an extensive investigation.

"This is my 14th year and really, this is the first time I've seen anything like this," said Petersen.

Petersen wants two other top DAS officials, Doug Woodley and Paul Carlson, placed on unpaid administrative leave.  She's also asked Governor Branstad to bring in the state police to secure and seize relevant DAS documents.

Petersen believes payments for confidentiality agreements extend beyond DAS.

"I believe it extends to multiple agencies under the Branstad administration."

She also suspects there are problems with the Branstad administration's contracting and hiring practices.

"I believe the hush money is just the tip of the iceberg."


  • John

    there were 12 agencies signing the ‘hush money agreements’. Secure the records of the dirty dozen before they delete everything.. they’ve had three weeks already to cleanse the record in their ‘internal secret investigation’ by Terry Branstads top aides. I believe this is the malfeasence the Iowa Constitution refers to under causes for impeachment…!

    • William Denison

      I agree with you Jonh. He at the very minamum should step aside until all matters are resolved. Charges then filed if need be and impeachment. As I said before this is going to be a long hot summer for Braindead/Kimmy.

  • Harry Moyer

    So what are you folks going to do about it?
    Griping is one thing, but if you don’t get pro-active and REALLY GET OTHERS, including yourselves, to the polls this November he’ll be right back in there for another term.
    FACT: There are way more intelligent progressives out there that want to reverse the income gap that the ultra wealthy have created. Way more women on both sides of politics are sick and tired of government in their personal lives. Problem is that the wealthy and American Taliban in this State are very motivated by greed and hate. (very powerful motivators)
    If Progressives don’t make this as important as a Presidential Election, we’ll get the same results as 2010 with no one to blame but ourselves.

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