Reynolds fills three state government leadership posts

Lowe, Averill, Johnson Jr. subject to Iowa Senate confirmation

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is congratulated by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds after being sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to Chi
Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is congratulated by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds after being sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to China, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A day after appointing an acting lieutenant governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds filled three more leadership positions in state government.

The Osceola Republican made Mark Lowe director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. He’s been interim director since November 2016 when Paul Trombino III resigned.

Lowe previously served as director of the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division and general counsel. Before entering state government, he was a shareholder with Hopkins & Huebner, a Des Moines law firm.

He has a law degree from Drake University and a degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. He lives in West Des Moines with his wife, Linda. They have four children.

Katie Averill will serve as superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions. She replaces JoAnn Johnson, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

Averill is senior vice president of Citizens Community Credit Union in Fort Dodge where she has been employed for nearly 10 years. She has served as vice president of marketing and business development and director of marketing, as well as overseeing seven branch locations.

Averill is a certified credit union executive. She earned her bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from Iowa State University. Averill and her husband Tim are parents to three children.


Larry Johnson Jr., who served as Branstad-Reynolds administration’s legal counsel since 2015, will replace Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg as State Public Defender.

Before joining the governor’s staff, Johnson worked in the private sector at a Des Moines metro law firm. Johnson has degrees in law from the Creighton University School of Law and management from Purdue University.

The positions are subject to Iowa Senate confirmation.

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