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Just how tight with the larger businesses in Idaho is its state government? Well, consider today’s bit of personnel news.

Jeff Malmen, who has been chief of staff for Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, announced his resignation today. (Word was when he joined up with Otter at the Statehouse that he would help with set-up, but even then intended to be gone within a year.) He is going to work for the parent company of Idaho Power Company, transitioning into the role of its chief area lobbyist, a role Greg Panter has held for some years.

Who will be replacing Malmen? That will be Jason Kreizenbeck, who long ago (the Phil Batt era) worked in the governors office, but for some years has been handling government relations for Micron Technology.

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