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Otter names Spackman water resources chief

Gary Spackman, who has served as interim director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources for the past three years, today was named the permanent director there by Gov. Butch Otter. Spackman, who holds both a law degree and an engineering degree and is a professional engineer, has been with the state for 26 years, and previously served as administrator of the department's water management division, manger of its western regional office, and a hearing officer on contested water rights cases.

He stepped up to interim director in June of 2009 when then-Director David Tuthill resigned. Click below for Otter's full announcement.

C.L. “Butch” Otter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                        

July 11, 2012        



(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today named Gary Spackman director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources, where Spackman has been interim director for the past three years.

Spackman – a 26-year veteran of State government – previously was administrator of the department’s Water Management Division, manager of the agency’s Western Regional Office, and a hearing officer on contested water rights cases. He became interim director in June 2009 with the resignation of Director David Tuthill.

Spackman, who grew up on a small dairy farm, has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and irrigation engineering from Utah State University and a law degree from Brigham Young University. He is a registered professional civil engineer and practiced law in southeastern Idaho before going to work for the State. 

Spackman and his wife Diane live in Eagle. They have three children and one grandchild.



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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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