Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra announced today that she’s hired Dan Goicoechea as her new deputy for governmental affairs; Goicoechea is currently chief deputy to Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, a position he also held for the two previous state controllers.
“I am excited Dan could join my team,” Ybarra said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and public service to the department, which will greatly benefit me in my service to the schoolchildren and the citizens of Idaho. With his extensive background in Idaho state government, natural resource issues and management from both the private and public sector, he will be the point person on issues critical to the Land Board, Department of Lands, and the state’s Public School Endowments.”
Goecoechea, 57, started his new job today; he’ll be the Land Board liaison for the department, the first point of contact for the media, and other duties as assigned.
“I’m thrilled to be working at an agency with such an important mission and role in the future of Idaho,” said Goicoechea, who studied elementary education in college. Prior to joining the state controller’s office, he worked nearly 20 years in broadcast news in the Treasure Valley; worked as a deputy sheriff; served as assistant director of the state Department of Agriculture; was director of information for the Idaho Farm Bureau; and worked in corporate government affairs.
Goicoechea also chaired the Idaho Technology Authority for four and a half years and will continue to serve on the Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission.