State Politics

Former Sen. Bob Geddes named new state Administration director

Gov. Butch Otter appointed Bob Geddes to be director of the Department of Administration Wednesday, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Geddes will take over for Teresa Luna, who resigned in April after a district judge ruled her department’s $60 million public school broadband contract was illegal. Luna has since moved on to a position as an emergency planner with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Keith Reynolds, chief financial officer for the Department of Administration, has been acting director in the interim, according to the release.

Geddes is a former Idaho senator who was elected to nine terms representing Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin and Teton counties. He served as president pro tem of the Senate for 11 years. In 2011, Otter named him chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. A geologist and longtime employee of Monsanto, he returned to his employer of nearly three decades in 2012.

“I’m very happy to once again return to state service and I’m honored to accept this position and that Governor Otter would invite me to take on this new role,” Geddes said in Wednesday’s press release. “My objective is to do my very best to be responsible and accountable to the citizens and fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Department of Administration. I look forward to working with the great employees at the agency.”

Geddes starts his new position in June, according to the release.