Chief of staff to Iowa governor resigning

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad’s chief of staff Jeff Boeyink is resigning.

Boeyink announced his plans Friday. In a press release, he says he will start a new career in the private sector. His last day in the Branstad administration will be Sept. 6.

Boeyink served as Branstad’s campaign manager for his 2010 run for governor. He then joined the administration as chief of staff in January 2011. He is viewed as a smart leader, with strong political skills. He was a key part of the budget negotiations this year that led to a property tax cut and education policy reforms.

Branstad calls Boeyink a “valued part of our team” and says he would be missed.

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