Interim State Forester David Tenney will now fill the position permanently.
Gov. Doug Ducey said in a news release Tuesday that Tenney has officially been appointed as director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Tenney has been acting state forester since November.
He stepped in when director Jeff Whitney departed less than two weeks after Ducey was re-elected.
The governor's office says Tenney has more than 30 years of experience in forestry and land management. Ducey says he is confident Tenney will capably work with firefighting agencies during wildfire season.