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Gov. Reynolds appoints Elizabeth Johnson as Executive Director of Iowa Civil Rights Commission

This news story was published on August 13, 2019.
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DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Elizabeth Johnson of Altoona to serve as Executive Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Johnson, currently an administrative law judge at Iowa Workforce Development, begins her new role on Aug. 26, 2019.

“Protecting the civil rights of Iowans is one of the most important functions of state government,” said Gov. Reynolds. “As an administrative law judge and past staff member at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Elizabeth Johnson has a reputation for both fairness and efficiency as well as a genuine passion for public service. She’ll serve Iowa well in this important role.”

“I’m excited to return to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission,” Johnson said. “Our primary responsibility is protecting Iowans from discrimination by vigorously enforcing the law and working to prevent discrimination in the first place by ensuring Iowans are educated on the law. I am grateful to Gov. Reynolds for this opportunity.”

Prior to her current role, Johnson served as a Civil Rights Specialist at the Commission and worked as an attorney in private practice and at the Iowa Department of Revenue. She is a former president of the Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges and currently serves as its treasurer. Johnson has a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Clarke (College) University in Dubuque.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is a neutral, fact-finding law enforcement agency charged with effectively enforcing the Iowa Civil Rights Act. ICRC enforces state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints. The Commission also provides conflict resolution services including mediation and conciliation for civil rights matters. In addition to its role as a law enforcement agency, the Commission works to prevent discrimination by providing training and education to the public.

Johnson’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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2 Responses to Gov. Reynolds appoints Elizabeth Johnson as Executive Director of Iowa Civil Rights Commission

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    August 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Iowa: 87% white, 13% others. Government data. This post should be given to the ‘others’. Discrimination is rife in the halls of power. Reynolds is no Governor Ray. She’ll be voted out. Or throw in the towel and leave. Ray had real power and didn’t ruffle feathers. He was what you called an esteemed statesman. A classic powerhouse. He pulled strings and sh!t got done. Iowa was content.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 14, 2019 at 6:29 am

      Most of the voters in Iowa disagree with you. She was voted in by the majority. That makes you a loser and a idiot.