Governor Matt Mead announced Friday that Darin Westby has been named the new Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Westby, who has been with the department for over 15 years, replaces Milward Simpson who announced his resignation exactly one month ago.

"Darin is a strong leader and has demonstrated skill within the agency and in outside endeavors," said Mead. "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 Westby. "I am excited to serve the Governor and the public as the Director of this agency."

Westby will begin his new duties immediately.