Governor Terry Branstad says he accepted the resignation of Iowa's public safety commissioner because he wants to restore "stability and predictability" to the department after a year of turmoil.
This summer K. Brian London was sued by a long-time state agent who was fired after reporting the governor's vehicle for speeding.
The ambassador from the Philippines also asked for an apology from London after comments he made about Filipinos and lie detector tests.
State Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington, who co-chaired the committee overseeing London's budget, says agency employees complained to lawmakers about London's leadership:
Branstad said that London offered his resignation Tuesday evening, a move he called "appropriate."
Wednesday, the governor reinstated Larry Noble as commissioner, a job Noble held in 2011 and 2012.
Branstad says Noble, a former trooper and 30-year department veteran, had earned the respect of employees
Radio Iowa & Associated Press contributed to this story.