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HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday appointed two attorneys to serve on the State Tax Appeal Board and promoted a current member to be the new chair of the full-time board that rules on tax disputes.

These were among a number of appointments to various boards announced by Bullock.

Bullock selected Valerie Balukas of Helena for the board. She is a lawyer who has been in private practice and worked as a trust lands attorney for the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

He also appointed Steve Doherty, a Missoula attorney in private practice who has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. secretary of the interior for the Northwest. Doherty is a former Democratic state legislator from Great Falls.

Bullock tapped current board member Dave McAlpin to chair the State Tax Appeal Board. Before Bullock appointed him to the board in 2013, McAlpin had been administrator of the State Crime Laboratory in Missoula and chief deputy clerk of the Montana Supreme Court. He is a former Democratic state legislator from Missoula.

McAlpin succeeds Karen Powell of Helena as chair. Powell, an attorney and former deputy state auditor, didn’t seek reappointment to another term.

In November, Samantha Sanchez of Helena, another veteran board member, retired. She previously was a law professor and associate law dean at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Sanchez was co-founder and executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Helena.

Among his other appointments, Bullock selected Mark Staples, a Helena lawyer, to serve on the part-time state Board of Pardons and Parole.

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