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Branstad selects McGovern as acting Worker’s Compensation Commissioner
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Gov. Terry Branstad named Michelle "Miki” McGovern the acting Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Monday, Sept. 8. McGovern has served as an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Deputy Commissioner for the past 26 years and has been very involved in the ISBA both in the Workers' Compensation Section and as a member of the Board of Governors.

The Workers’ Compensation Commissioner is the head of the Division of Workers’ Compensation which is part of the Iowa Workforce Development. Workers’ compensation has the responsibility of administering, regulating, and enforcing the workers’ compensation laws. Though the workers’ compensation commissioner’s office cannot represent the interests of any party, the agency provides information regarding the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Law, the rights of the parties, and the procedures the parties can follow to resolve their disputes.

McGovern began working for the Iowa Division of Labor, the precursor to Iowa Workforce Development, in January 1982. In 1988, she became a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University.

McGovern will serve as acting Commissioner while an exhaustive and extensive search for a permanent Commissioner continues.

To read the complete release from the governor’s office click here.


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