Iowa health department spokeswoman questions being ousted

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health has been ousted from her job, and she thinks it was because she aggressively shared information on the coronavirus outbreak and other issues with news organizations.

The Des Moines Register says Polly Carver-Kimm had been the department’s lead media relations liaison for 12 years, until she was called in Wednesday morning and told to resign or be fired. She says department director Gerd Clabaugh told her the position was being eliminated.

But Carver-Kimm says it was the culmination of a pattern to diminish her role, starting in March when she was told she would no longer handle any media inquiries about the coronavirus.

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