Officials: Iowa Medicine board director on paid leave
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The executive director of a prominent Iowa health care regulating board was placed on administrative leave, but officials didn’t say why.
Mark Bowden has been the executive director of the Iowa Board of Medicine since 2008, the Des Moines Register reported. The board licenses physicians and also has the authority to fine or suspend them for poor care or violating ethics rules.
Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman Polly Carver-Kimm confirmed Bowden’s leave Thursday, but declined to offer other details.
Attorney general’s office spokeswoman Lynn Hicks said Bowden began his paid leave last week.
The attorney general’s office is advising the medical board on the matter. But Carver-Kimm said the nine-member board made the decision to place Bowden on leave.
A state law that went into effect last year says government officials must disclose reasons for firing or demoting an employee, but it doesn’t apply to suspensions, said Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.
The medical board is appointed by the governor. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ spokeswoman declined to comment on Bowden’s status, referring questions to the board.
Bowden was paid $114,312 last year, according to state records. He couldn’t be reached by the newspaper for comment.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com