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Governor Kim Reynolds today announced the appointment of Todd Jacobus as the Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home.  

"Commandant Jacobus brings tremendous leadership experience and an extensive military background to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a proven leader dedicated to fighting for the very men and women he too served with for three decades,” said Gov. Reynolds. “His deep appreciation and passion will greatly benefit our veterans and ensure they receive the very best care and services."

Jacobus is a retired Colonel of the United States Army and Iowa Army National Guard, serving 33 years and taking part in three overseas missions for our state and country. Jacobus served for six years on the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, serving as chair for two years. Since retiring from the military, Jacobus has continued to stay connected to veterans' affairs and volunteers with many veterans' organizations.  

Jacobus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts, English and a Secondary Education Teaching Endorsement from the University of Iowa. He also received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University and is a Senior Service College Fellow with the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  

"Thank you to Governor Reynolds for providing me the opportunity to serve as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home and Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. I look forward to working with the outstanding leadership team and staff, elected officials, the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, Veterans organizations and advocacy groups, and the community of Marshalltown as we work together to provide the very best support network for fellow Iowa Veterans. It’s an honor to serve.” 

Jacobus’ appointment is effective November 7 and is subject to Senate confirmation.