BOISE, Idaho – Darrell Early has been appointed Division Chief for the Office of the Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division.

The appointment, made by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Monday, is effective immediately and follows the retirement on Friday of longtime Division Chief Clive Strong.

“Darrell possesses an excellent legal mind and is very well-versed in the matters of natural resource law,” Wasden said in a prepared statement. “His expertise and experience make him the perfect choice to lead this important division in our state.”

Early has been with the Natural Resources Division since 1999, serving as deputy attorney general.

Since then, he’s represented the state’s Department of Environmental Quality on cases involving issues such as hazardous waste and mining. He’s played a key role in helping lead the state’s legal proceedings involving Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Early worked as a private attorney.

“After working with Darrell for seventeen years, I know him to be a highly skilled attorney who has a deep appreciation for Idaho's natural resources and its people,” Strong said. “Idaho is fortunate to have Darrell as the Chief of the Natural Resources Division.”

Source: Office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden