Governor announces Cabinet positions

Wednesday January 16, 2019

BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the individuals who will lead the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole, and Idaho Department of Finance.

Marv Hagedorn will continue to serve as administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. Hagedorn has been in the position since August of 2018. He previously served as a member of the Idaho Senate and Idaho House of Representatives. He has 20 years of experience serving in leadership positions in the U.S. Navy and close to two decades of private sector experience. He co-founded the Wyakin Foundation, a homegrown Idaho organization dedicated to mentoring and supporting wounded veterans as they transition back into civilian life.

“Marv has proven his lifelong dedication improving the lives of our state’s truest servants and heroes – our veterans,” Governor Little said. “I am grateful Marv will continue to use his passion and experience to lead the Division of Veterans Services.”

Ashley Dowell will be the executive director of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. Dowell has been the Chief of Prisons at the Idaho Department of Correction since March of 2017. She has held numerous other positions at IDOC since 2008. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho. Dowell has served on several behavioral and mental health committees and boards.

Mary Hughes will serve as Acting Director of the Idaho Department of Finance following the retirement of Gavin Gee. Hughes served as Acting Director from January to November of 2017 while Director Gee recovered from an injury. She will serve until a new director is selected. Hughes has worked at the Department of Finance since 1990 – as Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Finance Bureau Chief, Financial Institutions Bureau Chief, and recently as Deputy Director. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University and the University of Idaho College of Law.

“All of these individuals have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and I look forward to their leadership and counsel.”

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