1. The chief administrative officer of the department is the director. The director shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate. The director serves at the pleasure of the governor and is subject to reconfirmation after four years in office. The person appointed shall be professionally qualified by education and experience in the field of public personnel administration, including the application of merit principles in public employment, and the appointment shall be made without regard for political affiliation. The director shall not be a member of any local, state, or national committee of a political party, an officer or member of a committee in any partisan political club or organization, or hold or be a candidate for a paid elective public office. The director is subject to the restrictions on political activity provided in section 19A.18. The governor shall set the salary of the director within a range established by the general assembly.
2. The director shall plan, direct, coordinate, and execute the powers, duties, and functions of the department. The director's powers and duties include those specifically set forth in this chapter and other provisions of law.
3. The director may establish by rule divisions and other subunits as necessary for the organization of the department. The director may also establish regional field offices staffed by employees of the department or the executive departments in which they are located. The functions and staffs of the regional offices are subject to policies set by the director.
4. Reduction in force appeals shall be subject to review by the director.
86 Acts, ch 1245, § 202; 98 Acts, ch 1202, §27, 46; 2000 Acts, ch 1171, §3, 4
Referred to in § 19A.24
Confirmation, see § 2.32
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