Nursing board executive director retires

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state's top nursing regulator has retired unexpectedly and an associate director also has left with little explanation.

The Des Moines Register reports Monday (http://dmreg.co/YtwoZD ) that Lorinda Inman, executive director of the Iowa Board of Nursing since 1988, chose to retire after state officials investigated complaints about human resources issues.

Mariannette Miller-Meeks, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, says her department and the Department of Administrative Services looked into "a few random complaints." After the investigation Inman, who is 63, chose to retire. She did not immediately return calls.

Miller-Meeks says Chris Newell, an associate director of the nursing board, also has left. Miller-Meeks declined to be more specific. The board regulates nursing licenses.

Gov. Terry Branstad appoints members. His spokesman says he would have no comment.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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