Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed Paul Trombino as Director of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Paul was serving as interim director of the Department of Administrative Services as well as the Governor’s Chief Operating Officer. His appointment is effective January 22, 2021. 

“Since devastating floods struck in 2019 and the global pandemic the year after, Paul has worked around the clock to coordinate Iowa’s response,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I appreciate his outside-the-box thinking and willingness to challenge the status quo to improve efficiency and functionality in state government. He will do an exceptional job leading this critical state agency.” 

Trombino previously served as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation for more than 5 years. Prior to that, he worked  for 17 years at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where he served at different times as bureau director, operations director, and civil engineering supervisor of the Highway Division. From 2015 to 2016 he served as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO. AASHTO is a non-profit, non-partisan association  representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

In 2016, he served as vice-chair of the Transportation Research Board's Executive Committee, an advisory group to the  Chairman and Governing Board of the National Research Council  on the nation's transportation system. In 2014, he served as  president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials.