- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has confirmed Beth Townsend’s appointment as director of Iowa Workforce Development.

The Senate backed Gov. Terry Branstad’s nominee in a 48-0 vote Tuesday.

Branstad announced the appointment last month. Townsend had been serving in the role in an interim capacity since the previous director retired in January.

Townsend previously served as executive director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Former director Teresa Wahlert was accused last year of mismanaging the department and creating a hostile work environment. A former chief judge said he was fired because he stood up to Wahlert.

Wahlert later defended her work in front of lawmakers investigating the agency.

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