GOVERNOR APPOINTS NEW DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE DIRECTOR
Deputy director fills position in April
Gov. Janet Napolitano today announced that she has named Gale L. Garriott as the new director of the Arizona Department of Revenue. Garriott currently serves as deputy director of the Department. He will replace Elliott Hibbs, who is retiring April 9.
"I am thrilled to have Gale join my cabinet as the director of the Department of Revenue," Napolitano said. "I believe Gale's leadership will allow for a smooth transition and will maintain the high quality of service Arizona taxpayers expect from the
Garriott has extensive knowledge of tax litigation and has worked in the tax field for 16 years. In addition to his current service as deputy director, he has served as a tax appeals hearing officer for ADOR, and as chief counsel of the tax section at the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
"Gale Garriott is an excellent choice to be the next director of Revenue," said Hibbs. "He will continue to lead the Department on a positive path of providing equitable and consistent tax administration for the State." Garriott received a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law. While in the Armed Services, he also served for fifteen months as an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery. He will become Revenue director April 11, following Hibbs retirement. Garriott's appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.