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UPDATE: Iowa DPS Commissioner resigns, Branstad appoints replacement

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Brian London, resigned Tuesday night, after just 10-months on the job.

London had to deal with several controversial issues, including the firing of veteran DCI Agent, Larry Hedlund and Governor Branstad's speeding incident.  

London faces a lawsuit for his role in Hedlund's firing.  Hedlund says his superiors retaliated against him for filing a complaint about Branstad's speeding state vehicle.

London also apologized last month to the Philippine ambassador to the U.S. for telling employees that Filipinos were hard to polygraph.

Iowa Senator, Jeff Danielson, told KWWL, London's management style seemed to produced low morale from the beginning within the department.  That, Danielson says, put "many good public safety professionals in the crossfire."  Senator Danielson was a member of the Senate Committee which confirmed London as DPS Commissioner, but Danielson voted against London's confirmation.

Wednesday morning Governor Branstad announced the appointment of Larry Noble to take the vacant position.  

In a statement, Branstad says, "Larry Noble has a reputation for integrity and humility, which is important as we focus on the department's future. I have chosen Larry because he has a wealth of experience in the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and has demonstrated the ability to lead with integrity."

Branstad says Noble has 30 years of experience in the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and served four years in the Iowa Senate.

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