(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today announced the appointment of Darrell Early as Division Chief of the Office of the Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division. The appointment is effective immediately and follows Friday’s retirement of longtime Division Chief Clive Strong.

Early joined the office in 1999 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division. 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.

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

Early received his law degree from the University of Idaho in 1992. He completed his undergraduate degree at Eastern Washington University in 1989.

“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.”