- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed Roxann Ryan to serve as commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Branstad announced Wednesday that Ryan will fill the job. She has been serving as acting commissioner for nearly a month.

Ryan joined the department in 2006 and previously served as the in-house legal counsel. Branstad called her an “ideal choice” for the job.

Former Commissioner Larry Noble retired last month, about 16 months after he returned to lead the agency amid turmoil. He served as commissioner under Branstad from January 2011 until retiring in July 2012.

Noble returned in September 2013 after a series of problems during the 11-month tenure of Commissioner K. Brian London.

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