Dr. Dirk Anderson of Smithfield has joined Cache County’s administrative staff as Chief Deputy to County Executive David N. Zook.

CACHE COUNTY – A new employee has joined Cache County’s administrative staff.

Dr. Dirk L. Anderson of Smithfield assumed the role of Deputy Chief County Executive David N. Zook effective March 15.

While introducing Anderson to county council members, Zook described him as having “…a huge background in local and state government.”

“He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public policy (from Brigham Young University) and a Ph.D. in Leadership (from the University of the Cumberlands),” explained Zook. “Dirk worked at the city level as a policy/budget analyst for the Provo City Council (in 2009).”

Anderson has also worked for four different governors in three states. These include Governor John Huntsman Jr. of Utah as senior budget and policy analyst for higher education; Governor Gray Davis of California as senior budget and policy analyst on Aging Services; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California as senior budget and policy analyst in various departments; and Governor Bill Walker of Alaska as Budget Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Anderson now lives in Smithfield with his wife Rory and two sons, Evan and Gideon.

Zook described the recruiting effort that resulted in Anderson’s hiring as “a long and difficult process.”

“We had nearly three dozen applicants for this position,” the county executive added. “I would say that other than my decision to run for office, this was the most difficult professional decision I had to make.

“But Dirk has really risen to the top of this cohort of applicants because of his experience, personality and upbringing.”

Zook credited Board Chair Barbara Y. Tidwell with serving on the selection committee for Deputy Chief, where she agreed with other members of that panel that Anderson was the best candidate for the job. .

In brief remarks to county council members, Anderson said he was “delighted to serve here” in Cache County.

“I have a passion for good government,” he added. “I am thrilled to help our county continue to be the best place in the world to live…I hope to add my energy and insight to the incredible leadership of Zook County Executive and add my professional contributions to the efforts productive from everyone here at our beautiful valley.

In welcoming Anderson to his new role, Zook said he believes his new chief deputy‘s training and experience will definitely benefit Cache County.


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