Ted Schoonover

(Des Moines) -- A former Red Oak and Montgomery County official has been selected as Iowa's new workforce services manager.

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend Tuesday named Ted Schoonover to the post. Schoonver was named Montgomery County's deputy auditor in 2004, then was elected as Joni Ernst's successor as auditor in 2011. He also served six years as Red Oak's mayor. Schoonover resigned in 2012 to serve as city clerk and administrator in Caledonia, Minnesota. He returned to central Iowa earlier this year.

As workforce service manager, Schoonover will oversee the state's Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker programs, Promise Jobs, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, veterans programming, and parts of Iowa Workforce Development's rapid response reporting requirements. Additionally, he will assist with the statewide implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

A 25-year U.S. Army veteran, Schoonover retired with the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He amassed several awards, including two meritorious service medals, six Army achievement medals, eight good conduct medals, and achieved honor graduate in every class he took throughout his military career.