Update: DPS Commissioner Resigns After Rocky Start - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Update: DPS Commissioner Resigns After Rocky Start

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Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Brian London has resigned after a rocky tenure that lasted less than a year.
London submitted his resignation to Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday evening.
Branstad's office confirmed the resignation and announced the appointment of Larry Noble to return to lead the department that he left last year.

"Noble has a great leadership style, he's a man of integrity, he has got great character and we're so excited to have Commissioner Noble back," said Sergeant Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol,

London's resignation comes after months of negative publicity for the department, which includes the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Patrol.

Gov. Terry Branstad says he accepted the resignation of Iowa's public safety commissioner because he wants to restore "stability and predictability'' to the department after a year of turmoil.

"I felt that it was needed to restore predictability and stability and Larry Noble is someone who has 30 years of experience in Iowa public safety and he's a man of great integrity. He's very well respected by professionals in public safety and I'm very appreciative that Larry would be willing to come back," said Branstad.

Branstad says that London had a phenomenal resume in law enforcement, but he did not fully understand the culture of public safety in Iowa. Branstad also says that a "there were a lot of people that just didn't really feel comfortable'' with London's leadership style.

Iowa Senator Jeff Danielson said that when initially reading London's resume, he had his doubts about his leadership skills and hiring him for the job.

"Obviously there were no consistencies in his resume. While there were a lot of agencies that he worked for, it was basically one mile wide and an inch deep. He created a culture of fear within the first few weeks of him being here. There were significant changes in firings, reassignments and promotions that created a culture of fear that lived on," said Danielson.

London has been sued for his role in the firing of DCI special agent Larry Hedlund, who contends his superiors retaliated against him for filing a complaint about Branstad's speeding state vehicle.

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