Cormack to lead state board

Mike Cormack, who represented Fort Dodge in the Iowa House of Representatives for eight years, has been named the leader of a state board that handles public employee issues.

He was nominated by Gov. Terry Branstad to be the chairman of the Public Employment Relations Board.

The state Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on Tuesday, according to state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge.

Cormack was a Republican state representative from 1995 to 2002. He most recently served as a policy liaison for the state Department of Education.

Cormack’s four-year term on the board will begin on May 1.

The chairman’s position is a full-time one. Information on Cormack’s salary wasn’t immediately available, but Beall said the outgoing chairman made $97,454.24 last year.

The three-member board administers the state laws that define the collective bargaining rights and duties of public employers and employees.