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Otter announces retirement of Tokita, Idaho’s top HR official

Gov. Butch Otter says Vicki Tokita retired Wednesday after three years as administrator of the Idaho Division of Human Resources and 39 years as a state employee.

Tokita served at the pleasure of the governor, who praised her work in a news release issued Thursday.

“Vicki has done a great job keeping our agencies informed and aligned with our statewide human resources objectives,” Otter said in the release. “Her experience and collaborative style of working through these often difficult issues has set a standard of excellence. I’m confident she has prepared the Division of Human Resources well for the challenges ahead, but Vicki will be sorely missed.”

While Otter considers a replacement, David Fulkerson, deputy administrator of the Division of Financial Management, is interim administrator.

The news release follows:

VICKI TOKITA RETIRES AS STATE HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the retirement today of Vicki Tokita from the position of administrator of the State Division of Human Resources effective January 1.

David Fulkerson, deputy administrator and State financial officer at the Division of Financial Management, is serving as interim administrator until a successor is appointed.

“Vicki has done a great job keeping our agencies informed and aligned with our statewide human resources objectives. Her experience and collaborative style of working through these often difficult issues has set a standard of excellence,” Governor Otter said. “I’m confident she has prepared the Division of Human Resources well for the challenges ahead, but Vicki will be sorely missed.”

Tokita worked for the State of Idaho for 37 years, including 19 years in the human resources field. She was appointed deputy administrator in August 2010 and administrator in February 2011.

“I was proud to serve the citizens of Idaho in many capacities,” she said, “and now I’m off to serve my family.”

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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