BOISE -- Idaho State Tax Commission Chairman Bob Geddes resigned his state post this week and will return to Monsanto, his former employer.

Geddes is the former Senate president pro tem who was chosen by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter in January 2011 to help restore the State Tax Commission's reputation.

That's after its former chairman, Royce Chigbrow, resigned amid complaints he was helping family and friends and inappropriately handling taxpayer money.

Geddes didn't immediately return a phone call.

Otter's office said Thursday the 56-year-old Geddes submitted his resignation letter Feb. 7, with his last day of work on Feb. 21.

Geddes had taken a one-year leave of absence from Monsanto, with the opportunity to return to the maker of Roundup herbicide if he decided against staying at the state's tax collection agency.

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