DES MOINES – Two days after asking for the resignation of the director of the Department of Human Services, Gov. Kim Reynolds answered questions from the press about the resignation.
On Monday, Jerry Foxhoven stepped down from his position at the department. He had been head of DHS since June 2017. Reynolds said in a statement from her office that she wanted to take the department in a new direction.
“I appreciate Jerry stepping in at a really tough time and helping with the transition,” said Reynolds on Wednesday. “I appreciate that a lot, I’ve just made the decision to go in a different direction, and like I said, I’ve been shaping my team. I’m excited about the new people that we’re bringing on. I’ve made some significant announcements for the last week and look forward to making more moving forward.”
Foxhoven’s departure comes as Iowa Total Care, a managed care company, is expected to begin giving Iowans Medicaid services on July 1. Reynolds was asked if the transition will be smooth.
“We’re in good shape,” said Reynolds. “Mike Randol has done a great job, the whole team. It’s not about one person, it’s never about one person, so you surround yourself with a great team. They’re doing great things. Iowa Total Care has all the major hospitals signed and they have the network they need so I feel very good about that.”
Gov. Reynolds said that she will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent head of DHS.