TURNAROUND AT IOWA VETERANS HOME

Rod Boshart
Published: January 30 2014 | 3:37 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:54 am in

What a difference a few months have made at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. State senators who attended a confirmation hearing Thursday for Jodi Tymeson, commandant at the Iowa Veterans Home, noted the meeting drew a handful of attendees in contrast to last session when the same room was packed with people upset over the home’s operations. Last October, Gov. Terry Branstad accepted David Worley's resignation as the home’s commandant and named retired Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson to take his place at the Marshalltown facility that is home to 497 veterans and their spouses. Worley came under fire from critics who questioned his management style and complained about a work environment of hostility, fear and low employee morale. On Thursday, Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, told Tymeson “you’re going something right” because he’s not getting the level of complaints he was receiving last session.

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