Former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus has left his job at Gallatin Public Affairs, a public relations and consulting firm with offices in Boise, Washington and Oregon.
Andrus was "of counsel" at Gallatin for 18 years. With his departure, a former managing partner and president at Gallatin's Idaho office, Marc C. Johnson, will become "of counsel" of the firm.
He served four terms as governor and was Secretary of the Interior for the Carter administration.
"My years with Gallatin have been very rewarding. But it's time to pass the torch to this next very impressive generation in the firm," the 82-year-old Andrus said in a release from the company. "I look forward to more time for hunting, fishing and my grandchildren."
John Kotek, managing partner of Gallatin's Idaho office, called Andrus an icon.
"He's direct, intelligent, savvy and good-natured," Kotek said. "He connects with both the hearts and the minds of the people he has served. More than most, he has been able to articulate and achieve the political balance between conservation and growth that so defines the economic and environmental debates of the Pacific Northwest."
Johnson will continue to advise clients but also will write at www.manythingsconsidered.com a blog on politics, history and pop culture.