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North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger has named a new deputy tax commissioner.

He has appointed Sandy McMerty, deputy commissioner with the state Department of Commerce. Her appointment is effective May 29. 

"Sandy is a great choice for deputy tax commissioner,” Rauschenberger said in a statement. “She brings a variety of experience to our agency. Her budgetary, administrative, leadership and communications expertise will be an asset. We look forward to having her on board.”

McMerty succeeds Joe Morrissette, who Gov. Doug Burgum appointed in February as director of the Office of Management and Budget after Pam Sharp retired in the fall.

“I am excited to join the Office of State Tax Commissioner team and take on this new role under Tax Commissioner Rauschenberger’s leadership,” McMerty said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the agency staff and appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of our great state in a new capacity.”

McMerty's duties will include leading the tax department's research and policy team, assisting Rauschenberger and working with legislative committees.

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