Salt Lake City (June 4, 2018) – Executive Director Mike Styler announced today that current Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson has accepted a deputy director position at DNR.Styler extended the opportunity to Gibson after Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings recently cleared him of wrongdoing following anonymous allegations that surfaced last December. DNR’s other deputy director remains Darin Bird, who was appointed in 2005.
The following is a statement from Executive Director Styler:
“I’m grateful for the Davis County Attorney’s Office and Ogden Police Department for the thorough review of allegations that surfaced back in December, shortly after we announced Kerry Gibson’s appointment as deputy director. My primary concern has always been to have the truth brought out. While I believed from the beginning that Kerry would be cleared of any and all wrongdoing, I also believed it was prudent to delay his appoint until he was cleared.
I’ve known Kerry since his time as a state legislator and I have always known him to be a respectful, fair and honest man. I believe in Kerry. I have reached out to him directly and have once again invited him to join DNR as one of our two deputy directors. I’m thrilled he has accepted this opportunity and look forward to him joining DNR this week.
Kerry’s background as a farmer, state legislator and most recently county commissioner will make him a valuable asset to the state and DNR. He has always been a fierce advocate for natural resources and we are pleased he remains committed to accepting this assignment following this personal ordeal.”