DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to appoint her 78-year-old father to a panel that helps select judges in central Iowa.
Reynolds told reporters Tuesday in Davenport that her dad Charles Strawn “wanted to volunteer and give back, just like hundreds of other Iowans that we appoint to boards and commissions.”
Reynolds last month appointed Strawn to an unpaid six-year term on the District 5A judicial nominating commission, which recommends candidates for judicial openings to the governor in four counties. The 11-member commission meets Thursday in Indianola to interview candidates for one vacancy.
Critics have called the appointment unusual and an example of nepotism but it isn’t barred by law. Strawn wrote in his application that he was “invited” to serve on the board.
Reynolds said Strawn is a retired farmer and factory worker who has coached youth baseball and been involved with county government.