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Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s executive director resigns; chairman departs


Elizabeth Johnson, who was appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds as the executive director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission 18 months ago, resigned from that position on Feb. 4, the Business Record has learned. Charles Hill, investigations supervisor for the commission, was named interim executive director, a staff member of the agency said. Before her appointment as executive director in August 2019, Johnson spent three years as an administrative law judge for Iowa Workforce Development. She earlier worked as a civil rights specialist at the commission, and also had practiced as an attorney. The ICRC is the state’s fact-finding law enforcement agency charged with effectively enforcing the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Urbandale business owner Angela Jackson, who is listed on the commission’s website as chair of the commission with a term ending April 30, 2023, left the commission’s board in January after taking a position as senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion with Athene USA. The governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment on Johnson’s resignation or the chairman vacancy. The commission recently published its 2020 annual report to the governor.

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