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Non-Republican sought for vacancy on state Tax Commission

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is looking for someone who's not a Republican to serve on the state Tax Commission. The commission has a vacancy due to the departure of Commissioner David Langhorst to become the new chief of the state Department of Parks & Recreation. By law, no more than two of the four commissioners can be of the same party; current commission Chairman Rich Jackson and Commissioner Ken Roberts both are Republicans, while Commissioner Tom Katsilometes is a former Democratic county commissioner. 

Otter is accepting applications until Sept. 10 to serve out Langhorst's term, which ends in March, with the possibility of reappointment. Langhorst is a former Democratic state senator. “I have placed a lot of focus in my administration on increased transparency, accountability, collaboration and customer service at the Idaho State Tax Commission,” Otter said. “David did a great job, and I have high expectations for a worthy replacement to join the Commission and serve Idaho taxpayers.” Click below for Otter's full announcement.

 

C.L. “Butch” Otter

GOVERNOR

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                          

August 22, 2014                                                                                                                               

 

GOVERNOR OTTER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR IDAHO STATE TAX COMMISSION VACANCY

 

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is accepting applications until September 10 for a new member to fill the Idaho State Tax Commission vacancy left by David Langhorst’s recent departure.

Langhorst, a Democrat and former member of the Idaho House of Representatives, resigned from the Tax Commission to become director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Tax Commission is led by four citizen commissioners appointed by the Governor and serving six-year terms.  Idaho Code requires that no more than two commissioners be of the same political party. The current vacancy requires an appointee to have a political affiliation other than Republican.

The appointment will be for the remainder of Langhorst’s term, expiring in March 2015, with the possibility of reappointment.

Applications will be accepted as outlined at http://gov.idaho.gov/admin/appointment.html until September 10.

“I have placed a lot of focus in my administration on increased transparency, accountability, collaboration and customer service at the Idaho State Tax Commission,” Governor Otter said. “David did a great job, and I have high expectations for a worthy replacement to join the Commission and serve Idaho taxpayers.”

 

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