Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz owes the people of Iowa a much better explanation than he has offered so far for his decision to continue paying one of his top aides for seven months after deciding to eliminate the man’s job.
Schultz’s handling of the departure of Jim Gibbons raises new questions about Schultz and whether he truly understands that he works for the people of Iowa and isn’t entitled to run his office like it were a family business.
After Schultz was elected in 2010, he chose Gibbons as his chief deputy. The former Iowa State University wrestling coach and Republican congressional candidate was paid an annual salary of $126,000. Gibbons was classified as a Public Service Executive 6, a job classification that is for supervisors involved in “decisions at the highest management level” in a state agency.