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Iowa’s new public safety director has varied resume with stints at CIA, Secret Service

by on April 10, 2013

MacKenzie Elmer


DES MOINES, Iowa — The new director of the Iowa Department of Public Safety has a resume like few others, with stints at agencies ranging from the CIA and Secret Service to the California Highway Patrol.

K. Brian London, 59, was hired last fall as Iowa’s public safety commissioner and was confirmed by the state Senate this week. His Iowa office is adorned with framed certificates and gleaming badges, evidence of a man who, literally, has worn many law enforcement hats in his career.

Born on a military base in North Carolina, the family quickly moved to Okinawa, Japan, where his father was stationed during the Vietnam War. His first language was Japanese; he got a black belt in karate at 14; he went to four high schools.

“When you’re an Army brat it’s kind of a different life,” he said. “By the time I was 16 I had…

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