Gary R. Hansen will replace Dixie Minson as the director of the Utah Consumer Protection Division.

Minson left the post to become Gov. Norm Bangerter's deputy chief of staff.Hansen is currently the director of government affairs for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, a post he has held for 10 years.

"Gary's years of experience dealing with both business and government will prove extremely valuable as he provides leadership to this important division of state government. I am pleased and excited that Gary would be willing to accept this position . . . ," said Dave Buhler, executive director of the Department of Business Regulations.

Hansen has served as a member of the Consumer Protection Division's advisory council for more than four years. Before his employment with the Chamber of Commerce, he worked in public relations in the copper and coal mining industries.