Longtime Idaho Labor director retiring

zkyle@idahostatesman.comAugust 9, 2013 

Roger Madsen is retiring from his post as director of the Idaho Department of Labor after 20 years on the job.

Madsen was appointed to the position Jan. 3, 1995, the first day of Phil Batt's tenure as governor. His last day will be Nov. 15.

"It's been a phenomenal job working for the great people of Idaho," Madsen said.

Madsen, 65, plans to embark on a Mormon Church humanitarian mission to Morocco with his wife, Leslie S. Madsen, in December. He said the missionary work may include a variety of health care volunteer work and distributing goods to people in need. The mission will not include prosthelytizing, he said.

Madsen said he'll brush up on his French before departing in December. He served a Mormon mission in France and Belgium from 1967 to 1970.

"I love the French language, so it shouldn't be stressful," he said. "It should be a great opportunity."

The director position Madsen will vacate was posted Friday on the department's website. The posting says salary will depend on applicant experience.

Zach Kyle: 377-6464


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