Des Moines Register: Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a 22-year veteran of the Iowa Department of Transportation to serve as the department's new permanent director, her office announced in a news release Monday. Scott Marler took over as Iowa DOT director effective Monday, the release states. Marler was the director of the department's operations division and has experience with traffic operations, highway project development, regulatory compliance and the environment. He replaces former director Mark Lowe, whom Reynolds asked to step down in December.