Posted at: 04/08/2014 10:57 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has been fired after a former employee's attorney forwarded to lawmakers emails that clearly show the state paid money to the woman for secrecy.
Mike Carroll, who was appointed by Branstad in 2011, told lawmakers last week the testimony of former employees was untrue and no settlement agreements included money for silence. Branstad had stood behind Carroll.
Branstad called the new information deeply troubling and disappointing. In a statement Branstad says he fired Carroll because new facts "directly contradict what he told me and what he stated before the Government Oversight Committee."
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