GOVERNOR REACTS: DAS Director Mike Carroll Fired

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has fired Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.

The decision follows the release of emails that show talks between a dismissed state worker's attorney and the general counsel for D.A.S. that discussed what critics have called "hush money."

The emails show both sides agreed that Carol Frank, who had been relieved of her job, would receive an additional $6,500 in exchange for agreeing to a confidential settlement.

Read the emails

Governor Branstad released the following statement:

“Director Carroll told me that employees were not paid an additional amount in exchange for confidentiality provisions. In light of recent developments, I learned the information presented to me by Director Carroll was not accurate. I am deeply troubled and disappointed by this. As I stated at my press conference Monday, if I learned of new information there would be harsh consequences.

“I terminated Director Carroll today because new facts directly contradict what he told me and what he stated before the Government Oversight Committee. This is unacceptable.

“Confidentiality provisions in personnel settlements should have never been used. The use of such provisions was wrong. Taxpayer dollars should have never been used in relation to confidentiality provisions.

“The citizens of Iowa deserve a government as open and honest as them. Confidentiality provisions run contrary to my priority of an open and transparent government.”

The governor named Janet Phipps the interim director of D.A.S. She currently works as general counsel for the department.


  • Joe Droppert

    Don’t sweat it Mike, just come in the back door of the capitol in the morning, I’ll find you another job…..

    • Nancy Condit

      hey if Obummer can do it why can’t Brandstad.I mean if our so called president can get away with it and no one seems to do anything about it then whats the big deal if Brandstad does it?Oh I know why he can’t do it it’s because he isn’t a black Democrat that’s right it’s ok if a black Democrat does something like that but god forbid if anyone else does guys are a bunch of hypocrits.If it’s not right it doesn’t matter what political affiliation the person is it should not be allowed period.If you really want to change things start at the bottom where your vote really makes a big difference and work your way to the top.Keep eliminating those that don’t represent you or the right way regardless of personal feelings.But if you give up your personal rights this is what you are gonna get lies, lies, and more lies.

      • Sally

        What happened in your childhood to cause this obsession on Obama?
        Lucky for you to already have health coverage. Obamacare rocks!

  • Fire Branstad, Jordan Creek Office

    Governor Branstad needs to fire himself, too. For Pete’s sake, he was governor when Reagan was President. Iowans ought to be ashamed.

  • William Denison

    Our Gov has shown himself to have no integrity.None. Is this the Iowa you people want to raise your kids in? This not New Jersey. Or maybe it is?

  • Craig

    Im sick of hearing people bash repulicans/democrats. The whole system is flawed and hearing any person argue for this crook over the next crook is brain dead.

  • Jeanne

    I said that the scumbag Governor would hang his Directors out to dry. He will turn on anyone if it means covering his own ass. When will the citizens of Iowa wake up and realize that man only cares about himself and no one else. He has and always will be a worthless piece who can be bought for the highest bid. I for one will take my retirement and run as fast as I can out of this pathetic state.

  • Republican Taxpayer

    Liar, Liar, Liar. Any politician that has been in office this long is bound to be a lying crook. He is to old any way. He should move on. Shady Oaks would be a good place for him or Ft. Madison.

  • Randall

    This is why we need term limits for governor. The inevitable corruption that consumes them all. Branstad would have been smarter to leave last term and still have a little dignity left over. Now Terry is just damaged goods. Under this governor I can not understand how so much tax payer money can go to willy nilly under the table with absolutely no accountability. Its like they have all this tax money and no check book log to show where it goes. They say TRUST US. Yeah right! I can not imagine the corruption going on right now today that we have yet to stumble upon. And probably never will as long as TB is in office. No wonder taxes in Iowa and Des Moines are so insanely terribly high and with little to nothing to show for it. Feed the kitty. Vote stupid, get stupid.

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