Governor Terry Branstad Thursday named Chuck Gipp as the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The 64-year-old Decorah man most recently served as deputy director of the department.
Gipp is also a former state lawmaker. He was first elected to the Iowa House in 1990 and served until 2008, when he didn't seek re-election.
Gipp replaces Roger Lande who resigned last week.
The DNR oversees the state's parks and wildlife areas and regulates air and water pollution, landfills, wildlife management and hunting and fishing programs. It has a staff of 1,100 full- and part-time workers and annual budget of $120 million.