Governor backs Iowa HR leader, says résumé error was minor

FILE - In this April 12, 2004 photo, then, State Rep. James Kurtenbach, R-Nevada, listens at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Kurtenbach a top aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds is working as an expert witness in a private property lawsuit, backing a family that is seeking millions of dollars from neighbors in a zoning dispute. The outside work by Department of Administrative Services Director Kurtenbach is unusual for an agency leader. His testimony supporting a family seeking to develop an Ames campground over the objections of neighbors could give the appearance that the executive branch is taking sides in a local dispute.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is working as a paid expert witness in a private property lawsuit, backing a family that is seeking millions of dollars from neighbors in a commercial zoning dispute.

The side work as a $350-per-hour plaintiffs' witness by Department of Administrative Services Director Jim Kurtenbach is unusual for an agency leader but appears to be allowed under state law. Still, his testimony supporting a family pushing to develop an Ames campground over the objections of neighbors could give the appearance that the state executive branch — or at least an official who helps lead it — is taking sides in a local property rights matter.

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