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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Rauschenberger, Deputy Tax Commissioner 701.328.2770
Monday, December 16, 2013 Kathy Strombeck, Supervisor, Research & Education, 701.328.3402

New Tax Commissioner Announces Deputy Tax Commissioner

BISMARCK, N.D. Incoming Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today announced that Joe Morrissette will serve as Deputy Tax Commissioner, effective January 1, 2014. Morrissette will fill the Deputy Tax Commissioner position being vacated by Rauschenberger. Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed Rauschenberger to fill the Tax Commissioner post beginning January 1, 2014.

Morrissette is a 20-year employee of the State of North Dakota. For the past 12 years, he has served as a Budget Analyst with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to his service at OMB, Morrissette worked for the North Dakota Legislative Council. Morrissette holds undergraduate and Master's degrees and is a Certified Public Accountant.

"Joe is an excellent choice for Deputy Tax Commissioner," said Rauschenberger," and he brings with him a wealth of experience in dealing with the fiscal matters vital to the State of North Dakota, and its taxpayers." Rauschenberger added, "Joe's budgetary and legislative backgrounds will be instrumental to the Tax Commissioner's Office as, together with our dedicated staff, we meet the challenges of our growing economy."

As the state's Deputy Tax Commissioner, Morrissette will be responsible for leading the department's research and policy team, will assist the tax commissioner in all areas of tax administration, will work with legislative committees regarding state tax policy, and will serve on boards and commissions as needed and directed by the Tax Commissioner.

"I am thankful to Commissioner Rauschenberger for this opportunity to serve the taxpayers of the State of North Dakota in this new capacity," said Morrissette. "I look forward to working with the staff of the Tax Department, who is among the finest in state government."

Morrissette officially becomes Deputy Tax Commissioner on January 1, 2014.

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