Iowa Agency Director Resigns After Less Than a Year in Job

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Jim Kurtenbach (WHO Channel 13)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services announced Monday he would resign after less than a year in the position.

Jim Kurtenbach said his resignation would be effective March 6. Gov. Kim Reynolds named him to head the agency in June 2019.

In a written statement, Kurtenback said that during his tenure the department’s culture had improved and is now “customer-focused and outcome driven.”

The department’s previous director, Janet Phipps Burkhead, left after failing to win Senate confirmation to continue in the job.

“With these achievements in place, now is an appropriate time for me to return to life as a private citizen and to new professional challenges,” Kurtenbach said.

Reynolds in a statement thanked Kurtenbach for “service during an important transition time” for the agency.

The Department of Administrative Services handles human resources, maintains the Capitol grounds and buildings, buys state vehicles and manages state payroll.

Earlier, Kurtenbach served two terms in the Iowa House before losing in the 2006 general election. He was the Republican Party of Iowa chairman from 2009 to 2011. He resigned as chief information officer of Iowa State University in November 2017.

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