Ken Edmunds

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Ken Edmunds
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Idaho Director of Labor
In office
November 25, 2013 - present
Years in position 2
PredecessorRoger Madsen
Base salary$115,336
Elections and appointments
AppointedNovember 15, 2013
Appointed byGovernor Butch Otter (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Office website
Ken Edmunds is the current Idaho Director of Labor. He has served in this position since November 25, 2013, following his appointment by Governor Butch Otter. As the director serves at the governor's pleasure, Edmunds is not subject to periodic reappointment, except when a new governor takes office.[1][2]

Edmunds was serving as a member of the State Board of Education of Idaho when Otter appointed him to replace longtime director Roger Madsen, who held the office from 1995 until his retirement on November 15, 2013.[3][4][5] Edmunds resigned from the board of education in addition to his seat on the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Council before he took as director office on November 25, 2013. His appointment requires approval by the Senate, which reconvenes in January 2014.[2]


Edmunds is a career businessman based in Twin Falls with a background in management, consultancy and accounting. In his over 25 years of private sector experience, Edmunds has worked as controller of a Twin Falls development and construction company and a senior executive and consultant with Ameristar Casinos. In addition, he was manager and C.P.A. for the accounting firm Price Waterhouse.[2]

Aside from his private sector credits, Edmunds gained experience in public service while serving the Idaho government as a member of both the State Board of Education and the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Council. He resigned from both bodies in order to head the state department of labor in November 2013.[2]

Edmunds attended Brigham Young University and holds a Master degree in accounting.


  • Bachelor degree - Brigham Young University
  • Master degree in accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant

Political career

Director of Labor (2013-present)

Gov. Butch Otter named Edmunds Idaho's labor director following the resignation of veteran officeholder Roger Madsen on November 15, 2013. Edmunds assumed the role on November 25, 2013.

As director, Edmunds is in charge of the Idaho Department of Labor, the state agency charged with administering the state's labor regulations, unemployment insurance laws and workforce development programs.[6]



Edmunds was appointed as Idaho Director of Labor by Gov. Butch Otter on November 15, 2013 and took office November 25.[1]


Edmunds resides in Twin Falls. He and his wife, Jane, have four children and seven grandchildren.[2]

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Preceded by
Roger Madsen
Idaho Director of Labor
Succeeded by