Democrats seek hearings over firing of Iowa agency head


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature are calling for hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ refusal to discuss why she demanded the resignation of former Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven.

Senate and House Government Oversight Committee Democrats called Monday for hearings on Foxhoven’s sudden departure last month and want him to appear to explain what happened.

Sen. Tony Bisignano says a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee’s resignation to be made public.

Reynolds has declined to explain why she asked Foxhoven to resign beyond saying there were several factors.

Foxhoven has declined to explain the factors behind his firing. He declined to comment Monday.

Republican legislative leaders didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Separately, Auditor Rob Sand, a Democrat, says he plans to investigate the reasons behind Foxhoven’s departure.

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