Iowa public safety chief resigns amid turmoil

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he accepted the resignation of Iowa’s public safety commissioner because he wants to restore “stability and predictability” to the department after a year of turmoil.

Branstad says that K. Brian London had a phenomenal resume in law enforcement, but he did not fully understand the culture of public safety in Iowa. Branstad also says that a “there were a lot of people that just didn’t really feel comfortable” with London’s leadership style.

Branstad said that London offered his resignation Tuesday evening, a move he called “appropriate.”

On Wednesday, the governor reinstated Larry Noble as commissioner, a job Noble held in 2011 and 2012.

Branstad told reporters in Coralville on Wednesday that Noble, a former trooper and 30-year department veteran, had earned the respect of employees.

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