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State ombudsman takes early retirement

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa Ombudsman Bill Angrick says he'll accept the state's early retirement offer.

Angrick, now 64, was 32 when he was hired in 1978 to deal with complaints from people dissatisfied with state and local government.

He says there are several issues that should remain atop the state's to-do list. That includes a lack of mental health services, flaws in the open records and open meetings laws and the prison system's reluctance to let eligible inmates use gradual release programs.

The Legislative Council, which is made up of lawmakers of both parties from the House and Senate, appoints an ombudsman for a four-year term.

Angrick's last day will be June 24. Deputy ombudsman Ruth Cooperrider will be acting ombudsman until lawmakers name a successor.

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