Iowa state court administrator announces resignation after serving three years in the role

His last day will be April 30

Todd Nuccio, state court administrator
Todd Nuccio, state court administrator

DES MOINES — The state court administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch announced his resignation Thursday after running the day-to-day operations of the eight district courts since September 2017.

Todd Nuccio’s last day will be April 30, according to a news release. He became the principal judicial administrator when David Boyd retired after working 40 years in the court system.

“On behalf of the entire judicial branch I would like to thank Todd for his efforts to advance the administration of justice in Iowa and wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen said in a statement.

Nuccio, in a statement, thanked the justices, judges of the eight judicial districts and the judicial branch staff for their support over the last three years.

“I have had the privilege of serving alongside an incredible team of dedicated professionals at every level of organization,” Nuccio said.

“These individuals have demonstrated strength, courage, flexibility, adaptability, and perseverance in overcoming a confluence of once-in-a-century challenges,” he said. “The selflessness and unwavering spirit I have witnessed exemplifies the true definition of public service.”

Nuccio told The Gazette on Thursday that after spending 30 years in court administration in North Carolina and retiring as trial court administrator in Mecklenburg County, taking the position in Iowa gave him the opportunity for a second career and to take his experience to a “new level.”


“I plan to return to North Carolina to spend time with family, relax and explore opportunities for the next chapter,” Nuccio added.

Nuccio started out in Iowa as the assistant court administrator for the 7th Judicial District in Davenport.

Steve Davis, communications director of the branch, highlighted several improvements and changes implemented by Nuccio during his tenure, including navigating the courts through the first year of the pandemic; setting up the online dispute resolution initiative; improving technology capabilities; setting up the statewide payment call center; creating a human resources department; and reforms to jury operations such as streamlining the summons process, increased juror reporting rates and representative jury lists.

Davis said judiciary officials are in the process of planning how to fill the vacancy. John Goerdt, deputy state court administrator, will be the interim state court administrator when Nuccio leaves at the end of April.

The state court administrator is the principal administrative officer of the judicial branch and responsible for the day-to-day management of the courts system.

the administrator also serves as executive secretary to the Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications and the State Judicial Nominating Commission and is the administrator of the Iowa Judicial Retirement System.

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