Robert Gast, Administrator of the Iowa Courts
DES MOINES – Members of the Iowa Supreme Court have appointed Robert Gast to serve as administrator of the State Court for the Judiciary of Iowa.
A native of Fort Dodge, Gast brings 15 years of court administration experience to his position, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Iowa State court system.
Gast is currently the District Court Administrator for the 4th Judicial District of Iowa in southwestern Iowa.
“I have seen the quality work Bob has done in the 4th District, and I have no doubts that he will do a great job in his new role,” said the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Susan Christensen, in a statement.
“He knows the ins and outs of the Iowa court system, from finances to staff to scheduling of judges,” added Christensen. âHis practical experience in district courts will be invaluable as we continue to provide unique and effective services to people. from Iowa. “
Gast will take office on October 11 with an annual salary of approximately $ 140,000.
âI am very happy to serve the citizens of Iowa in this role,â Gast said in a statement. âThe quality employees and judicial officers of the Iowa judiciary make this work the pinnacle of public service.
Gast succeeds Todd Nuccio in the post. Nuccio was appointed in 2017 after working 30 years in court administration in North Carolina. He resigned in April to return to North Carolina. Nuccio succeeded David Boyd, who retired in 2017 after 40 years in the Iowa judicial branch.
The State Court Administrator is the senior administrative officer of the Iowa Judicial Branch, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the state’s court system, which employs approximately 1,700 people and has a budget. operating costs of $ 189.6 million.
The state court administrator also serves as the executive secretary of the Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications and the State Judicial Appointments Commission and is the administrator of the Judicial Retirement System of the ‘Iowa.
Gast was previously Deputy Director of the 4th Judicial District before becoming Deputy Judicial Administrator of the 4th Judicial District of Nebraska, a district that includes Douglas County, the largest county in Nebraska.
He graduated from Stuart-Menlo High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science while in Germany at the University College of the University of Maryland (now known as the University of Maryland Global Campus).
He served in the United States Army from 1992 to 1997, including a posting to 1st Personnel Command in Schwetzingen, Germany.