HELENA - Gov.-elect Brian Schweitzer on Thursday named Dan Bucks, a former state revenue official and tax policy adviser, to head the state Department of Revenue.
Bucks currently serves as the executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission in Washington, D.C., a joint agency of state governments that studies state tax issues and protects state taxing authority.
Bucks has worked for the commission since 1988, when he left Montana after seven years as deputy director of the state Department of Revenue under Democratic Gov. Ted Schwinden.
"This department requires a person who maintains a dedicated focus," Schweitzer said in a written statement. "Dan Bucks has the experience to keep the state on the right track. In addition to his extensive expertise with tax policy and interstate and international commerce, Dan has served in the Department of Revenue as the deputy director. He understands this agency."
Schweitzer announced the appointment during a news conference at his ranch north of Whitefish.
Bucks, 59, has been involved in government for much of the past 30 years. In addition to his Revenue Department post, he served as chief tax adviser to the South Dakota governor's office from 1971 to 1977 and director of executive reorganization for that state from 1971 to 1973, also working as a Bush Foundation leadership fellow for two years in the late 1970s.
In the 1980s, he was director of science and natural resources for the National Conference of State Legislatures for a year before taking the Revenue Department position in 1981.
Thursday's appointment leaves Schweitzer with one Cabinet-level position to fill: adjutant general, who heads the state Department of Military Affairs. Schweitzer must also make personal staff appointments.