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DES MOINES | Ken Kline is retiring as deputy election commissioner for the state of Iowa, effective Feb. 1, a little more than a year after he took the state-level job in a Kim Reyonlds-helmed government.

Previously, Kline served as the Cerro Gordo County auditor for the past 25 years before taking the commissioner job in Jan. 2018.

"I am grateful to have been part of a hard-working team of professionals who are dedicated to the principles of good elections," Kline said of his tenure as deputy election commissioner.

At the time of his hire, Kline said he never officially interviewed for the job but that he received a call from Secretary of State Paul Pate's office informing him of the job and asking if he'd be interested.

Later Pate personally got involved to talk with Kline and that's when he committed. ""He offered me the job and I accepted," Kline said. 

"Ken has made a tremendous impact on elections across the state and in our office. He is a dedicated elections official who has served Iowa well for many years,” Secretary Pate said. “Ken is a true friend and we all wish him the best on a well-earned retirement."

As he set up transition plans for his job in the capital, Kline made certain to stay in Mason City and commute to Des Moines, something that is not uncommon for statewide legislators.

For now there isn't an announced replacement for Kline who took over the job from Carol Olson, a state director for Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Previous Globe reporting has noted that Kline is a past president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, creator of the national award-winning Precinct Atlas electronic poll book program and served for many years as a legislative liaison for county auditors.

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