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After alleged ‘hush money’ scandal, Branstad fires DAS Director Mike Carroll

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former Iowa DAS Director Mike Carroll (photo from The Gazette)

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says new facts directly contradict what Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll told him about paying laid off employees for confidentiality.

So, Carroll was fired.

Carroll’s termination was effective immediately when it was announced Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

The termination comes after six former state employees were reportedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of secret settlement deals when their jobs were eliminated.

“Director Carroll told me that employees were not paid an additional amount in exchange for confidentiality provisions. In light of recent developments, I learned the information presented to me by Director Carroll was not accurate. I am deeply troubled and disappointed by this. As I stated at my press conference Monday, if I learned of new information there would be harsh consequences.

“I terminated Director Carroll today because new facts directly contradict what he told me and what he stated before the Government Oversight Committee. This is unacceptable,” Branstad said.

Related: Branstad calls secret settlement agreements “unacceptable”

Carroll, an Ottumwa native and former Clive businessman, was hand-picked by Branstad to fill the DAS Director position in 2010.

Branstad said Janet Phipps was named interim director of DAS.