Iowa official named to lead national liquor administrators group

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is shown in October 2021 answering questions at the Iowa Ideas Conference in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — An executive from Iowa’s liquor division has been elected to a one-year term as president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators.

Stephanie Strauss, who is a government affairs program executive in the liquor division, will lead the national group representing regulators in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators is a 501(c)(3) corporation that “provides a forum for its members to communicate openly and learn about creating and maintaining effective liquor regulatory systems in the serving the public interest”. according to its mission statement.

“Stephanie is a dedicated public servant and has proven her leadership in this industry over the past 12 years. I am pleased that she is being recognized for this distinguished role and I am excited to see the initiatives she will put in place over the next year as she leads this organization,” said Division Administrator Stephen Larson. of Iowa liquor, in a press release.

Strauss began working at the state liquor division in 2010 and previously worked in the state treasurer’s office.

DISASTER PROCLAMATIONS: Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Emmet, Hancock, O’Brien and Winnebago counties in response to Tuesday’s inclement weather.

The proclamation makes certain low-income residents of the four counties eligible for various grants to help cover expenses related to storm damage, including home or car repairs, clothing or food replacement and temporary accommodation.

Claimants have 45 days from Wednesday to request assistance. The application and instructions are available at

DISTRICT JUDGE APPOINTED: Robert Tiefenthaler was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds as a district judge in District 3B, which includes six counties in northwestern Iowa.

Tiefenthaler, of Sergeant Bluff, currently practices law in Sioux City, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

FUNDED PROJECTS: The state Department of Transportation has awarded more than $1 million to 18 electric vehicle charging projects with funding from a government agreement with Volkswagen.

The settlement was the product of a federal lawsuit that alleged the automaker installed devices on its vehicle that falsified emissions data. The regulation created a fund for projects aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.

A full list of projects can be viewed at

24 MILLION DOLLARS RETURNED: More than $24 million was returned to more than 25,000 claimants in the state’s last fiscal year under the Iowa Treasurer’s Office program that returns missing money and abandoned property to their rightful owners, the bureau said in a news release.

Iowa Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald calls the program “Iowa’s Great Scavenger Hunt.” Iowans can enter their name online at to determine if they owe money or property

“Reuniting homeowners with their rightful property will always be one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, and I will continue to provide Iowans past and present with a free, easy, and accessible way to find their treasure,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. Press release. .

AG SERVICE RENTAL: Travis Knight, Ph.D., has been hired as director of consumer protection and regulation for the state Department of Agriculture, the department said in a press release. Knight will oversee the agency’s food safety, animal health, consumer protection and industry services divisions.

Knight has been with the department since 2005. Previously, he was a science assistant in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry, according to the press release.

Emerald ash borer strikes KOSSUTH: The emerald ash borer was first discovered in Kossuth County recently, making it the 92nd of 99 counties in Iowa that has seen the tree-killing insect since its first detection in 2010. the state agriculture department said.

The emerald ash borer is a significant threat to native ash tree species, typically killing an infested tree within two to four years.

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