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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 21, 2018

Governor’s chief of staff leaving

Jun 04, 2018

Jake Ketzner, longtime aide and current chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, announced Friday he will depart the governor’s office on June 8 to pursue opportunities outside state government.

Shortly after that announcement, Reynolds said Ketzner, who has been in state government since 2010, would be replaced by Ryan Koopmans, who has served as the governor’s chief policy advisor and senior legal counsel since 2017.

Reynolds named Ketzner as chief of staff shortly before taking the oath of office as governor in 2017, putting him in charge of overseeing day-to-day operations in her office and the executive branch. Ketzner has been involved with the Branstad-Reynolds administrations since 2010. He served as policy advisors and in 2014 managed the Branstad-Reynolds’s reelection campaign and later was the administration’s legislative liaison before becoming Reynold’s chief of staff. "Jake has been an instrumental advisor and counselor to me since my first day on the campaign in 2010 through last month's historic session," Reynolds said in a statement. Koopmans will assume his new role as chief of staff on June 9.

 

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