Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Revenue

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The Commissioner of the Department of Revenue is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. The commissioner is the principal executive officer of the Alaska Department of Revenue. The mission of the department is to collect and invest funds for public purposes. To that end, the commissioner provides "support and policy direction."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Bryan Butcher, who was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell in January 2011. Before becoming commissioner, Butcher was the Director of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for eight years, and Vice President of the Alaska Gasoline Development Corporation. He also worked in the Alaska legislature as a finance committee aide. Like other appointed department heads in Alaska, Butcher serves at the pleasure of the governor and does not need to be reappointed.

Authority

The revenue commissioner's authority derives from Alaska statute, which identifies him as the "principal executive officer" of the Department of Revenue.[2]:

Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 25, Section 10

The principal executive officer of the Department of Revenue is the commissioner of revenue.

Qualifications

Like all principal executive officers in the Alaska government, the revenue commissioner must "furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law," the cost of which is paid by the state. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications for the office of attorney general.[3]

Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50

The principal executive officer of each department and subordinate officials shall furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law or determined by the governor upon recommendation of the commissioner of administration. The state shall pay the cost of the bond. The attorney general shall approve the form of the bond.

Appointment

The revenue commissioner, like all Alaska executive department heads, is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature.[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20

The governor shall appoint the head of each principal executive department in the state government. Each appointment is subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the office of revenue commissioner. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Vacancies

Alaska law does not prescribe any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint a new revenue commissioner, subject to approval from the legislature.

Duties

The Department of Revenue, under the leadership of its commissioner, must:[5]

  • "Enforce the tax laws of the state"
  • Collect, invest, and manage all revenues except those collected by other departments
  • Register cattle brands
  • Manage the power development fund
  • "Administer the surety bond program for licensure as a fish processor or primary fish buyer."

The commissioner of revenue also acts as the treasurer of the state's public school trust fund, which he or she manages and invests.

Divisions

The Department of Revenue is composed of several divisions:
  • Commissioner's Office
  • Administrative Services
  • Permanent Fund Dividend
  • Tax Division, Juneau and Anchorage
  • Child Support Services
  • Treasury
  • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority
  • Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
  • Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority
  • Alaska Retirement Management Board

Compensation

In 2010, the commissioner of revenue received compensation in the amount of $135,000.[6] The commissioner's salary is bound to a range determined by statute; it must be no less than Range 28 of the Alaska executive branch employee salary schedule nor more than Range 30.[7]

Contact info

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 110400
333 W. Willoughby, 11th Floor SOB
Juneau, AL 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2300

See also

External links

References

  1. Alaska Department of Revenue, "Commissioner's Office," accessed June 2, 2011.
  2. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Title 44, Chapter 25, Section 10," accessed June 2, 2011.
  3. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.050," accessed June 1, 2011.
  4. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.
  5. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes Title 44, Chapter 25, Section 20," accessed June 2, 2010.
  6. The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.
  7. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes Title 39, Chapter 20, Section 80, accessed June 1, 2011.