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Idaho Director of Labor
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $5,723,200
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Idaho Statutes, 72-1333
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Ken Edmunds.jpg
Name:  Ken Edmunds
Assumed office:  November 25, 2013
Compensation:  $111,945
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The Idaho Director of Labor is a state executive position in the Idaho state government. The director heads the Idaho Department of Labor, the state agency charged with administering the state's labor regulations, unemployment insurance laws and workforce development programs. The director is appointed by the governor with the consent of the Idaho Senate, and serves at the governor's pleasure.[1]

Current officeholder

The current director of labor is Ken Edmunds. Edmunds was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of longtime officeholder Roger Madsen on November 15, 2013. Governor Butch Otter (R) appointed Edmunds to replace Madsen as director, effective November 25, 2013.[2][3] Edmunds now faces confirmation by the Idaho Senate, which is out of session until January 2014.[4]


The office of director is established by state law.[5]

Idaho Statutes, 72-1333

(1) The director shall administer the employment security law ... the minimum wage law ... and shall perform such other duties relating to labor and workforce development as may be imposed upon him by law.


There are no particular qualifications for the office of director, but state law requires that the governor "select each director on the basis of his professional and administrative knowledge and experience."[6]


Idaho state government organizational chart

The director of labor is appointed by the governor, subject to a confirmation by the Idaho Senate. The director serves at the pleasure of the governor.[6]

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of director.


If a vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a new officeholder to serve at his pleasure.[6]


The director is the administrative head of the Idaho Department of Labor, the state agency charged with administering the state's labor regulations, as well as its unemployment insurance and workforce development programs. Additionally, the department produces statistics and research regarding the state's labor market.[7]


  • Admin Services
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Communications and Research
  • Regional Offices (1-6)
  • Workforce Development[8]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Labor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,723,200.[9]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Idaho Director of Labor was paid an estimated $111,945. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

317 W. Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
Phone: (208) 332-3570
Fax: (208) 334-6300

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