- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend is telling employees to look nice for Gov. Terry Branstad’s visit even though he’s coming on Casual Friday.

Townsend told employees in an email that Branstad will visit the agency’s headquarters Friday and wants to meet as many employees as he has time.

She says that employees should be “mindful of our dignitary’s visit when coming to work” and “make sure you are in compliance with the dress code.”

The code calls for business casual attire every day of the week except Fridays, when jeans, sweatshirts, athletic shoes, and flip-flops are allowed.

Branstad appointed Townsend earlier this year to run the agency, which had struggled with personnel disputes under former Director Teresa Wahlert. Townsend has made a number of personnel changes in recent months.



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