More about who will stay & who will go in Culver Admin

The Culver folks issued a news release moments ago:

Today, Governor-elect Chet Culver and Lt. Governor-elect Patty Judge announced the first-round of appointments to their administration. Included in the appointments are five directors of state agencies and Patrick Dillon as the Governor-elect’s Chief of Staff.

“I am excited to have such qualified and experienced public servants who are willing to work hard and serve the people of Iowa,” said Governor-elect Culver. “One of the most important jobs I have is finding the best people possible to fill these positions, and I feel I have done that with these appointments.  The people I have appointed have a vast amount of experience at various levels of government and I am truly honored to have them be a part of our administration.”

Today’s announcements include:

Patrick Dillon, Chief of Staff:  Patrick Dillon most recently served as Campaign Manager for Governor-elect Culver and Lt. Governor-elect Judge, and is currently serving as a senior advisor to the gubernatorial transition.  Previously, he has served in senior roles for former U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential nominee John Edwards, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Congressman Leonard Boswell, and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.  He is a 1999 graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Des Moines.

Charles Krogmeier, Director of the Iowa Department of Management: Krogmeier has been serving as Transition Director for Governor-elect Culver and has served as First Deputy Secretary of State since June of 2004. Prior to that he was a partner in the Des Moines law firm of Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville and Schoenebaum for 7 years. Krogmeier began his career in public service as a Lee County Supervisor (1979-86) followed by service as General Counsel to the Iowa Department of Transportation (1986-89) and as a Deputy Attorney General (1989-1997).

Kevin Concannon, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services: Kevin Concannon was appointed the Director of the Department of Human Services in March 2003. Prior to his appointment, Concannon served as the state of Maine’s Department of Human Services Commissioner from February 1995 to February 2003. Previously, he was the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from 1987-1995. From 1980 to 1987, he served as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He has held a number of national leadership roles, including serving as President of the American Public Welfare Association (APWA) from 1993 to 1994, and as a member of the APWA Task Force on self-sufficiency. He was President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors in 1987-1988, and served as a member of the American Public Welfare Association’s Board of Directors and the American Public Human Services Association Board from 1991-1998. Concannon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Francis Xavier University and the Maritime School of Social Work in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has pursued further study at the University of Connecticut and the University of Southern Maine.

Judy Jeffrey, Director of the Iowa Department of Education: Before serving as director, Judy Jeffrey had been the state’s Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Division administrator since 1996. Before that, she served 24 years in the Council Bluffs Community School district in various administrative and classroom teaching positions. Jeffrey also has been an instructor at Creighton University, and has taught in other Iowa districts including Cedar Falls and Goldfield, where she began her teaching career in 1964. She was president of the Council of Chief State School Officers Deputy Commission from 2001-2003, and currently co-chairs the CCSSO Task Force on Math and Science Education, and serves on the ESEA Reauthorization Task Force. Jeffrey earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1963 and her master’s degree in 1981 from Creighton University.

Walter Reed, Jr., Director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights: Walter Reed was appointed the Director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights in 2005. A Waterloo native, Reed previously served nearly 10 years as Executive Director of the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights and spent six years successfully building the Cedar Valley Diversity Appreciation Team and Study Circles Program. He is also a member of the State Board of Corrections. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College and has continued his education through numerous courses in human rights enforcement, compliance, management and financial administration.

Mark Schuling, Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue: Mark R. Schuling became director of the Iowa Department of Revenue on December 15, 2005. Mr. Schuling has been a practicing attorney for 25 years in Des Moines and has worked in private practice on tax litigation. During four of those years, he was an assistant attorney general in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and advised the department on statutes, rules, and declaratory rulings. Mr. Schuling is the chair of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Audit Committee and of the Des Moines School Board Audit Committee and is president of the Youth Law Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association Taxation Section Council and the District Court 5C Associate District Judge Nomination Committee. In addition to holding a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Drake University Law School, Mr. Schuling is also a certified public accountant.

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  1. I have to say you know your stuff,thanks for the info.