Wyo Governor names new park director
Governor Matt Mead has named Darin Westby as Director of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources effective immediately. Westby replaces Milward Simpson who announced his resignation in July. Westby has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, his Civil Professional Engineering license and a certificate in public management. He has worked for State Parks and Cultural Resources for over 15 years and is currently the Field Support Chief.
“I have great appreciation for Milward Simpson, his work and his accomplishments,” said Governor Mead. “One of his many successes is the fostering of great leadership within the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. The great internal candidates for this position are a sign of the strength and talent in the agency. Darin Westby is a strong leader and has demonstrated skill within the agency and in outside endeavors. I am confident the agency will continue to achieve and evolve under his direction.”
“I believe that improving the knowledge of our organization and instilling pride in ownership is the key to maintaining the highest level of success for any organization,” said Mr. Westby. “I am a very proud citizen of the state of Wyoming and I am excited to serve the Governor and the public as the Director of this agency.”
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