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Foust retires after 37 years

William "Bill" Foust retires after 37 years. (courtesy photo)William "Bill" Foust retires after 37 years. (courtesy photo)

PABLO — Longtime Tribal Member and employee William “Bill” Foust recently retired after almost 37 years of service to the Confederated and Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

“Bill has been instrumental in bringing reliability, professionalism, and pride to the Department” said Rich Janssen, Natural Resources Department Head. “His institutional knowledge regarding all water resources will truly be missed.”

Foust spent his entire career working with the Tribes, with Forestry, and then in 1982 he began work with the NRD in the water management program. He spent time as a hydrologic technician, gathering water data, and in 1988 he was hired as the Division of Water Manager and spent the last 10 years as part of the Tribes water rights negotiation team.

“Bill always had a smile on his face” said friend and colleague Tom McDonald, Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation Manager. “He will be missed.”

An avid Ronan booster, Foust will retire to his home in Ronan with his wife, Barb. Foust also has four grown children.

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