Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Lieutenant Governor Reynolds

Branstad names Bill Monroe special advisor for government transparency

February 8, 2011

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced that Bill Monroe will serve as a special advisor for government transparency in the Branstad-Reynolds administration.

“I believe that government should be as open and honest as the people of this state,” said Branstad. “I have taken steps to assure that my administration will be transparent and I believe that adding Bill as a special advisor for government transparency will ensure accessibility throughout my tenure.”

Monroe will advise Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and their staff on transparency issues and will assist the administration in crafting and implementing a transparent agenda. Monroe will serve in an unpaid, volunteer capacity.

“I am honored to have been asked by Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds to advise them on government transparency issues,” said Monroe. “As someone who has been in journalism all my professional life, I understand the need for openness at a government level and I look forward to assisting the governor and lieutenant governor in this area.”

Monroe served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) from 1981-2009. During his time at the INA, he also served on the executive committee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.  Monroe was the publisher at the Spencer Daily News and the editor of the Cedar Valley Times prior to joining the INA.

Born in Washington, Iowa, Monroe is a graduate of Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. His wife, Chris Mudge, is the current Executive Director at the INA.  Bill and his wife reside in Johnston. They have two sons, Wesley and Scott.

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