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Iowa Workforce
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Iowa Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0209
Telephone: 515-281-5387
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History of Commissioners

Commissioners and Directors of Iowa Workforce Development (and its predecessors)
1884 – Present

1884 – 1889 E.R. Hutchins
1890 – 1892 J. R. Soverign
1894 – 1889 W.E. O’Bleness
1900 – 1901 Charles F. Wennerstrum
1902 – 1908 Edward D. Brigham
1909 – 1912 Edward W. Van Duyn
1913 – 1935 A. L. Urick
1936 Garret Roelofs
1937 Walter F. Scholes
1938 Peter J. Kies
1939 – 1940 James R. Pefferle
1941 – 1942 Peter J. Kies
1943 – 1944 Carl B. Stiger
1945 – 1946 Claude M. Stanley
1947 – 1949 Carl B. Stiger
1950 James R. Pefferle
1951 – 1952 Claude M. Stanley
1953 Carl B. Stiger
1954 David A. Jenkins
1955 – 1956 J.C. Blodgett
1957 – 1958 Claude M. Stanley
1959 Kenneth A. Madigan
1960 Jerome W. Corbett
1961 – 1962 Ross M. Carrell
1963 – 1964 Jerome W. Corbett
1965 – 1966 J. W. Janssen
1967 – 1969 Cecil A. Reed
1970 – 1971 J. W. Janssen
1972 Abe D. Clayman
1973 – 1974 Colleen P. Shearer
1975 George A. Lundberg
1976 – 1982 Colleen P. Shearer
1983 – 1989 Richard G. Freeman
1990 – 1998 Cynthia P. Eisenhauer
1999 – 2006 Richard V. Running
2007 – 2011 Elisabeth Buck
2011 - Present Teresa Wahlert
   

Iowa Industrial/Workers’ Compensation Commissioners
1914 – Present

1914 – 1915 Warren Garst
1916 – 1936 A. B. Funk
1937 – 1942 John T. Clarkson
1943 – 1950 E. P. Corwin.
1951 – 1952 A. J. Shaw
1953 – 1954 Willard F. Russell
1955 – 1960 Earl R. Jones
1961 – 1962 Warren L. Hubner
1963 – 1970 Harry W. Dahl
1971 – 1986 Robert C. Landess
1987 – 1991 David Linquist
1992 – 1995 Byron K. Orton
1996 – 2002 Iris J. Post
2003 – 2005 Michael G. Trier
2005 – 2014 Chris Godfrey
   

Iowa’s Labor Commissioners
1884 – Present

1884 – 1889 E. R. Hutchins
1890 – 1893 J. R. Soverign
1894 – 1899 W. E. O’Bleness
1900 – 1901 Charles F. Wennerstrum
1902 – 1908 Edward D. Brigham
1909 – 1912 Edward W. Van Duyn
1913 – 1929 A. L. Urick
1930 – 1931 H. V. Hoyer
1932 – 1933 A. L. Urick
1934 – 1937 Frank E. Wenig
1938 – 1939 Milton Peaco
1940 – 1948 Charles W. Harness
1949 – 1952 Marion L. Gilbert
1953 – 1956 Frank B. Means
1957 – 1962 Don W. Lowe
1963 – 1968 B. Dale Parkins
1969 – 1975 Jerry L. Addy
1976 – 1995 Allen J. Meier
1996 – 2005 Bryon K. Orton
2005 - 2011 Dave Neil
2011 - Present Michael Mauro