Robert L. Dibblee, an aide to Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, for almost nine years, was named Thursday as Garn's new state director.

"I'm delighted that Bob has agreed to return to Utah and be my principal representative in the state," Garn said in making the announcement."His nearly nine years of experience as a member of my staff enables him to very effectively reflect my views on issues. His knowledge of the Senate and the legislative process will be invaluable in helping my entire Utah staff meet the needs of my constituents."

Garn maintains five offices in Utah, sharing two with Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Howard Nielson. Dibblee will coordinate and supervise those offices, and meet with citizens and make appearances for Garn when necessary.

Dibblee has been a member of Garn's staff since May, 1980, first working on assignment from the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah and later becoming a legislative assistant.

Dibblee finished his undergraduate education at George Washington University, earning a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1983. He earned a master's of business administration there earlier this year.

Dibblee will assume his new position effective Feb. 1. He replaces Skip Glines, who is staying on Garn's staff as a part-time consultant.