Otter appoints new state Department of Administration chief



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has selected former state Sen. Bob Geddes as the new director of the Department of Administration.

Otter announced the appointment on Wednesday.

Geddes is currently a registered lobbyist for Monsanto and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to that, he served one year as chairman oof the Idaho State Tax Commission and nine terms as a state Republican senator from eastern Idaho.

Geddes replaces former Director Teresa Luna, who resigned shortly after a district court ruled that the agency's $60 million school broadband contract was illegal. Luna has since taken a position with the state's Bureau of Homeland Security.

Geddes will take over the agency on June 1.

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