Governor’s Office Denies Claim their Attorney Knew of Secret Settlements

DES MOINES, Iowa – The governor’s office is denying Governor Branstad’s attorney, Brenna Findley, knew anything about compensation for confidential settlement agreements prior to March. The comments come after the former attorney for the Department Of Administrative Services said otherwise.

“Brenna Findley was not aware the confidentiality provisions were being used within personnel settlements until after the March 16th report that began this,” the governor’s spokesperson Jimmy Centers said.

Ryan Lamb testified before the legislative oversight committee Wednesday. The former DAS attorney told lawmakers Findley didn’t suggest including confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements but Lamb says she did know they were there.

Lamb also told lawmakers Findley discouraged written communication like emails when discussing controversial matters.

The governor’s spokesperson says that’s because they dealt with personnel issues.

“Personnel matters and personnel records are protected by Iowa law. We believe it’s important to respect the law and follow the law in terms of protecting personnel confidentiality,” Centers said.

Some democrats are calling for Findley’s resignation.

The governor’s office described the situation as “more election year politics.”

There’s no word on when the oversight committee will meet again.