Former DPS Chief Had Plenty Of Chances, Branstad Says

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) speaks during a press conference on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (KCCI-TV Des Moines)


By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he believes former Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Brian London was given plenty of chances to run the department effectively and it's time to move on.

Branstad, speaking on a conference call to reporters from a trade mission in Japan on Monday, says London had offered to resign in August but the governor says he held off. Branstad accepted London's resignation last Tuesday.

London claims he was never given a chance in Iowa and his treatment by state officials has ruined him.

Branstad says London was given plenty of chances and many people had said "we should have gotten rid of him sooner."

London resigned after an 11-month tenure during which some employees criticized his management style and argued morale was plummeting.

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