Iowa Workforce Development names Myron Linn as new Deputy Director

For Immediate Release.
Date: October 28, 2016
Contact: Courtney Maxwell Greene

DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced today that Myron Linn has been hired as the agency’s new deputy director. Linn formerly worked at Pella Corporation, holding several leadership and government relations positions, and is a former high school mathematics and physics teacher. He is past chair of the boards for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and the Iowa Taxpayers Association. He previously served on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee and the National Association of Manufacturers Health Care Committee in Washington D.C. 

IWD Director Beth Townsend said, “I am excited to announce that Myron Linn is coming to Iowa Workforce Development as our new deputy director. Myron’s relationships within the business community and long work with members of the Iowa legislature make him uniquely positioned to hit the ground running and be successful in this position. He is a dynamic leader whose business and government affairs experience will be a force multiplier to the work already being done at IWD to bridge the middle skills gap and make sure our policy agenda aligns in providing opportunities for employers and job seekers.” 

Linn designed the Unemployment Compensation Tax System currently in use in Iowa, called the Benefit Ratio Array System, in 1987. He currently serves as State Director for the Selective Service System in the State of Iowa, a position he has held since 1995. 

He is a graduate of the Iowa Military Academy with 23 years of commissioned service in the Iowa and New Jersey Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

Linn officiates college and high school football, baseball and softball games, including many NCAA football playoffs, junior college bowl games and high school football championships. 

Linn lives in Pella with his wife Leanne, and they have two grown daughters.