Wyoming State Director Photo

On July 1, 2009, Derrel Carruth was appointed by the Obama Administration as State Director of USDA Rural Development for Wyoming. In this position he will coordinate the work of some 39 employees in delivering 40+ loan and grant programs to rural communities and individuals throughout the state.

Derrel feels very fortunate and privileged to have been appointed to the same position that he retired from in 2001, after being a federal employee for 31+ years. During his career, he held the positions of Assistant County Supervisor, County Supervisor, District Director, Rural Housing Specialist and lastly, State Director with the Clinton Administration. While in these positions he lived in several communities including Wheatland, Powell, Douglas, Gillette, Riverton and Casper.

He is a native of Wyoming, born in Rawlins and raised in Sinclair. A graduate of Rawlins High School in 1961, he graduated from Casper College with an Associate Degree in Agricultural Business in 1965 and also a graduate of the University of Wyoming in 1968 with a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Business.

Married to his wife June of 45 years, they have raised two sons, Mike who is married and Brent, both in the Casper area. Five wonderful granddaughters keep them busy in their spare time. Hobbies include team roping, fishing, hunting, skiing, remodeling/carpentry, and camping with family whenever possible.

During the past 8 years, he has worked as Interim Director of the United Way, served as a board member on the Natrona County Library Foundation Board, and is currently a member of the Casper College Alumni Association. In addition, he has worked at a variety of jobs such as farm/ranch laborer, operated a food concession business with his wife, processed honey, and some construction.