Iowa gov names new economic development director

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Posted: Dec 28, 2009 2:50 PM

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has named Bret Mills as the state's new director of economic development.

Culver announced Mills' appointment on Monday, filling a position that has been the center of controversy over the handling of a tax credit program for movie makers.

Mills replaces interim director Fred Hubbell who was named to the position following the resignation of Mike Tramontina.

Tramontina resigned in September after Culver suspended the program after allegations of improper spending and sloppy bookkeeping in the Iowa Film Office.

Mills is the current director of the Iowa Finance Authority. He will be replaced by Joe O'Hern, who has been the interim deputy economic development director for three months and deputy director at the finance authority before that.