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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2016
16:007

CONTACT: Jon Hanian
(208) 334-2100

 

 

GOVERNOR OTTER NAMES SUSAN BUXTON STATE DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of veteran Boise attorney Susan Buxton to the position of administrator at the State Division of Human Resources, effective March 1.

She will succeed David Fulkerson, State Fiscal Officer for the Division of Financial Management, who has been serving as acting administrator since the retirement of Vicki Tokita in 2014. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Idaho Senate.

Buxton has been a shareholder in the Boise firm of Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chartered since 1993. The Whitman College and University of Idaho College of Law graduate also is a member of the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board. Her law practice included representing cities, counties, sewer districts and businesses on such issues as water rights, land use, public finance, employment, litigation and government relations.

“I appreciate David Fulkerson’s great work, doing double duty with a high level of professionalism. Overseeing Human Resources is a difficult and demanding job, and few people fully appreciate its application or the nuances and dynamics of Idaho’s State and local governments like Susan Buxton. I’m pleased that she’s willing to bring her experience and talent to my administration,” Governor Otter said. “Susan has a reputation for going to the heart of matters and getting things done. I know that Idaho’s valued State employees and agencies can be confident that her advice and counsel on HR issues will be sound and responsible.” 

“I’m ready for a new challenge, and I am eager to address the important human resources issues facing Idaho’s largest single employer – our State government,” Buxton said. “I have a productive and satisfying career in private practice but I also have a lot more to contribute, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the State of Idaho’s HR team.”   

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