BLM brings back retired official as acting Idaho director

By Scott Streater | 04/30/2024 01:23 PM EDT

The position is open after the state’s former director became BLM’s deputy director of state operations.

Bureau of Land Management sign.

Peter Ditton will serve as the Bureau of Land Management's acting state director in Idaho. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Bureau of Land Management is bringing back a senior official who retired last year to serve as the acting director of BLM’s Idaho state office.

Peter Ditton, who retired from BLM in December after a nearly 40-year career, will be the second acting state director since former Idaho Director Karen Kelleher was reassigned last month as part of a headquarters shake-up that split the deputy director of operations into two positions.

As part of that move, Kelleher in March was named deputy director of state operations, a newly established position that manages the bureau’s 12 state office directors and is responsible for directing state operations across the West. She started that post March 25.


Mike Nedd, the former deputy director of operations, is now deputy director of programs and administration, which oversees BLM’s headquarters offices, including the development of the bureau’s annual budget request, the Office of Law Enforcement and Security, and the Fire and Aviation Department.