Des Moines, IA — State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee submitted a formal letter to the House Oversight Committee to open an investigation into the forced resignation of former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven and questions of illegal action.

“It’s the constitutional duty of the Iowa Legislature to provide oversight and hold the executive branch accountable, especially in cases that involve billions of our tax dollars. For weeks, the Reynolds Administration has been hiding the reason for Jerry Foxhoven’s forced resignation and now we may know why.  The allegations that  the Reynolds Administration asked Director Foxhoven to break the law are deeply troubling and must be taken seriously by lawmakers of both parties,” said Representative Gaines of Des Moines. “Iowans deserve to know the truth.”

As Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, Representative Ruth Ann Gaines is calling for immediate hearings of the House Oversight Committee at the State Capitol to hear directly from former Director Foxhoven about the serious allegations he made against the Governor.

Below are the questions that we are asking to provide transparency into the illegal action:

1) Who gave the “illegal” order and did Governor Reynolds authorize it?

2) What was the “illegal” order?

3) Has the “illegal” order been given to the interim director?

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July 22, 2019

 

The Honorable Mary Ann Hanusa

121 Fox Haven Dr.

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

 

Representative Hanusa:

I am writing today to request an emergency Government Oversight meeting to launch an investigation into the forced resignation of former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven.

For weeks, his forced resignation was shrouded in mystery and now we may know why. On Friday, Mr. Foxhoven, gave the following quote to the press, “Her staff asked me to do something I thought was illegal, and so I wouldn’t do it. And so they said, ‘OK, well, then you need to go.” This statement from one of the highest ranking officials in state government should shock the conscience of every member of the General Assembly.

We are asking the following questions because legislators and Iowans deserve to know what illegal actions have been taken.

1) Who gave the “illegal” order and did Governor Reynolds authorize it?

2) What was the “illegal” order?

3) Has the “illegal” order been given to the interim director?

The legislature is requesting answers to offer transparency to Iowans of what illegal actions Governor Reynolds ordered Mr. Foxhoven to undertake. The Government Oversight Committee should convene as soon as possible to hear testimony from Mr. Foxhoven so no other state employee has to choose between breaking the law or saving their job.

The House Democrats on the Oversight Committee stand ready to uncover the truth.

Sincerely,

Representative Ruth Ann Gaines

CC:

Rep. Vicki Lensing

Rep. Mark Smith

Rep. Mary Wolfe

Rep. Terry Baxter

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann

Rep. Jared Klein

Rep. Jon Thorup