Ex-Iowa Public Health Spokesperson Says She Was Ousted for Responding to COVID-19 Record Requests

Ex-Iowa Public Health Spokesperson Says She Was Ousted for Responding to COVID-19 Record Requests

A longtime employee of the Iowa Department of Public Health claims she was forced to resign after responding to routine public records requests about the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a press conference Thursday after she filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit, former IDPH spokesperson Polly Carver-Kimm claimed the governor’s office chose to use information from her department “in the way that would best serve the governor’s agenda and needs.”

“I don’t want to say the public’s health is in danger because of this,” said Carver-Kimm, who worked for the department for more than a decade before being ousted in July. “I just feel there was a more open flow of information that could have benefited the public in their decision making about how they wanted to handle the pandemic, and that would come through providing that information to the media.”

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