The state of Iowa is advertising for a new Department of Transportation director, about a week after Governor Kim Reynolds requested the resignation of current Director Mark Lowe.
Lowe announced on December 13 that he would step down, effective January 10. The job listing enclosed below says applications will be accepted through January 9 for the full-time position, based in Ames. The annual salary range is $100,840 to $154,300.
Why Reynolds was dissatisfied with Lowe’s work is unclear. In a statement provided to the Des Moines Register’s Barbara Rodriguez, the governor’s spokesperson said she “decided to seek a change in leadership as she continues to build her administration.”
Staff for Reynolds did not answer Bleeding Heartland’s follow-up questions about whether the governor had a policy-related disagreement or was unhappy with Lowe’s work in some other respect. The director’s told DOT staff in a December 13 email, “Let me start by assuring you there are no complaints or investigations that preceded this and that should not be a worry for you as a member of the agency.”
Not all top positions at Iowa state agencies are publicly advertised. The job listing that appeared this week could indicate that Reynolds does not already have a candidate in mind to replace Lowe. Former DOT Director Paul Trombino, who is now chief operations officer on the governor’s staff, will presumably influence the decision.
The appointee will be subject to Iowa Senate confirmation and needs a two-thirds vote in the upper chamber. Rarely has a transportation nominee been controversial.
Job listing from the Iowa state government jobs website:
|The State of Iowa is seeking candidates for the position of Director of the Iowa
Department of Transportation (DOT). This position is appointed by and reports to the
Governor and is subject to confirmation by the Iowa State Senate.The DOT is responsible for the planning, development, regulation and improvement of
transportation in Iowa. The department is organized with the following divisions:
The Director of DOT leads and assures the effective administration of the department
|MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:|
|Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s
degree in public administration, engineering, or business management and/or
experience equal to 7 years of full-time management/executive level work in the
fields of transportation administration, government, or business.
|ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:|
|Iowa Code Requirements
The director shall be appointed on the basis of executive and administrative abilities and
shall devote full time to the duties of the position. The director shall not hold any other
public office, shall not engage in any other occupation, business, or profession
interfering with or inconsistent with the director’s duties, and shall not serve on or under
a committee of a political party, or contribute to the campaign fund of any person or
political party.Application process – Submit a cover letter and resume to Kassidy Krause via email at
Kassidy.Krause@iowa.gov on or before January 9, 2020 .