Governor announces leadership change

BOISE, Idaho -  Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced Monday, Nov. 27 that Chief Operating Officer Bobbi-Jo Meuleman will become director of the Idaho Department of Commerce on January 1 when Director Megan Ronk departs to lead business development efforts for Idaho Power Co.

“Megan wisely put a succession plan in place at Commerce that enables a seamless transition to Bobbi-Jo’s leadership. Both are experienced leaders who have established strong procedures and set high performance standards for the agency and its personnel,” Governor Otter said. “I’m confident the companies, communities and economic development organizations that work closely with the Department of Commerce will find that it continues to move at the speed of business.”

Ronk became Commerce director in January 2016 after Jeff Sayer returned to the private sector. She was chief operating officer under Sayer for almost four years, running day-to-day operations at the agency and overseeing its work on business expansion and recruitment, travel and tourism promotion, international marketing and interagency collaboration. 

Meuleman joined Commerce as COO in June 2016. She previously was scheduler for Governor Otter for almost seven years, rising to deputy chief of staff in 2014. Meuleman previously worked for Montana Senator Conrad Burns for three years and Congressman Denny Rehberg for two years. Meuleman has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Montana. She serves on the Workforce Development Council, the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, the Idaho Invasive Species Council, and leads public policy for the Idaho Economic Development Association.  

“I am honored and humbled for this great opportunity to lead the Governor’s economic development agency. I look forward to continuing the great work Director Ronk has done and will continue to focus on growing Idaho’s existing businesses, promoting Idaho products and marketing the state,” Meuleman said. “Idaho is a great place to live and work and I’m excited to continue the great momentum we’re seeing toward making it even better.”

Meuleman and her husband Patrick live in Boise with their two young sons.