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Tuthill will open own engineering firm

Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Dave Tuthill, asked why he made the decision to retire at the end of June, said, “It’s a good time for the agency and a good time for me, too. … I’ve been eligible for full retirement since last year. I did not want to retire and leave the agency holding the bag and pass on difficulties to my successor. We are blessed with a wonderful water year. The big issues have been determined. We’ve addressed the budget shortfalls, we have a strong plan to address those. It’s a good time for somebody new to come on board.”

Once he leaves the department, where he’s had a 33-year career, Tuthill said he plans to open a small engineering consulting firm. “I’ll be working for myself,” he said.”My plan is to start a one-person shop. I do not plan to work on the controversial issues that are before me now; that would be clearly inappropriate. But I do plan to work in water in Idaho and continue living in Boise.” Tuthill, 57, said he’s healthy and looking forward to a long private-sector career after his IDWR retirement. “I’ve enjoyed my career with water resources; I have greatly enjoyed the job of director,” he said. “Some moments have been difficult, but we’ve survived those.” He said he was pleased to see those moments become “few and far between” in recent months. “We have many, many issues that are out there to be addressed for small engineering firms,” he said. “That’s where I plan to work.”

Tuthill to retire from Water Resources

Idaho Department of Water Resources Director David Tuthill will retire on June 30, after 33 years with the department, to “pursue a career in the private sector,” according to an IDWR news release. Tuthill served as manager of the department’s western regional office, adjudication bureau chief and water management administrator before being named director in 2007. “The 33 years that I have spent working for the Idaho Department of Water Resources have constituted a wonderful career full of challenge and reward,” Tuthill said. “I have admired my leaders throughout my career including Gov. Otter. Working in the service of the citizens of the state of Idaho, particularly the water users throughout this beautiful state, and with the talented and dedicated IDWR staff, has been gratifying and truly an honor.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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