Ken Edmunds will succeed the retiring Roger Madsen as Idaho's next director of the Department of Labor.
Gov. Butch Otter announced the appointment Friday. Edmunds stepped down from seats on the Board of Education and the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Council after accepting the the position.
Edmunds is a Twin Falls businessman who has worked in development and investment fields since 1987. He was previously a senior executive and consultant with Ameristar Casinos and a certified public accountant and manager for the accounting firm Price Water House. Edmunds also worked as controller of a Twin Falls development and construction company and earned a master's degree in accounting at Brigham Young University in accounting.
Edmunds' predecessor, Madsen, was appointed to the directorship by Gov. Phil Batt in 1995 and was reappointed by three governors, including Otter.
"The Department of Labor has had extraordinary leadership under Roger for 18 years," Otter said in a prepared statement. "I'm confident that Ken will continue that tradition of excellence while bringing valuable perspective to the job of helping prepare Idaho's workforce for the future."
Deputy Director Jay Engstrom will serve as interim director until Edmunds assumes the job.
Otter will appoint a successor to fill the rest of Edmunds' second five-year term on the Board of Education, which ends in March of 2018.