Culver makes interim hires in Economic Development Department
DES MOINES (AP)--Gov. Chet Culver has made two interim appointments in the Department of Economic Development after the recent firings or resignations of three top managers at the agency.
Culver named Des Moines businessman Fred S. Hubbell as the interim head of the agency and appointed Joe O'Hern as his interim assistant. Hubbell is part of a prominent family with business and real estate holdings, and O'Hern was deputy director of the Iowa Finance Authority and had worked for federal housing programs.
The moves came after other managers lost their jobs following questions about oversight of the Iowa Film Office. The state auditor, attorney general and revenue department are investigating those issues, and the chairman of a legislative oversight panel says hearing on the matter are likely.
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