Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Taxman at DOR

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement :

Governor Phil Bryant appoints Rep. Herb Frierson Commissioner of Revenue

Jackson, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, Commissioner of Revenue. Frierson's appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

As Commissioner of Revenue, Frierson will oversee the Department of Revenue, the agency primarily responsible for collecting taxes that support state and local government.

Frierson has served in the Legislature since 1992, representing District 106, which includes parts of Pearl River and Lamar Counties. He has been chairman of the House Appropriations Committee since 2012. He also sits on the Education, Performance-based Budgeting, Revenue and Expenditure General Bills, Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and Workforce Development committees.

"I'm very excited about the challenge and look forward to continuing public service," Frierson said. "I'll miss the House of Representatives, but it's time to move on, and this is the perfect opportunity. I thank Gov. Bryant, my 1992 House of Representatives classmate, for this appointment."

Frierson is a real estate appraiser. He is affiliated with the National Wild Turkey Federation and is a member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council.

"As appropriations chairman, Rep. Frierson has been a big part of shaping a responsible budget that meets current needs and adequately prepares for the future," Gov. Bryant said. "I know that conscientious work will continue upon his assuming leadership of DOR. I can think of no one better prepared to oversee the state's revenue collections, and I am delighted he has agreed to accept this appointment."

Frierson and his wife, Cheryl Ann, live in Poplarville. They have two children, Lara and Eli.

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Anonymous said...

Great choice. Real Estate and Turkeys. No need for any other background for a job that will oversee no revenues coming in after the session is over.

Nice PERS Boost said...

I remember the disastrous term of Ed Beulow in this position. Political plum.

Anonymous said...

And we really believe he will appoint more qualified people to the airport board????

Anonymous said...

National Wild Turkey federation, this is my kinda fella! First round on the DoR?

Anonymous said...

Can you say "CONFLICT OF INTEREST"? Then again, would you expect anything more from. Deputy?

Anonymous said...

Wish I had a like button for 7:02

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Curly, Larry, and Mo have a good shot at airport appointments.

Anonymous said...

so is Ed Morgan retiring or being sent his walking papers.

Anonymous said...

I'm forming a "Fair Play for Ed Beulow" committee. Just because he kept a bull whip coiled on his desk, he got a bad rap. He and Kirk Fordice are the best men to come out of Warren County since General Sherman.

Anonymous said...

Any credentials available on Herby? I'm guessing Jr. College degree at best.

Anonymous said...

8:19 Walking papers

Anonymous said...

I'm so sick of political appointees. They are never qualified & are made for political favors/payback. If herby was an attorney, he'd be judge of something. Since he has an assoc degree, this is the best Gubner Feel could do. Herby will get his highest 4 years for retirement and then take it home. Thanks Gubner for getting yourself another lap dog to do your work. Thanks for searching high & low for the most qualified person for the job. THIS is why our state will never move forward.

Anonymous said...

Education doesn't equal common sense - awesome example = Kennuf Stokes has a law degree.

Anonymous said...

I understand people's trepidation, but this will be a pleasant surprise for people. Herb Frierson is incredibly bright and diligent. He will do a good job at DOR. He will also help them, with one of their biggest problems - relations with the Legislature. If they could get out of their own way, DOR would have modernized by now.

Anonymous said...

I've worked with Herb for many years. He's very bright and he is someone who will listen to the ideas of others. He is not a know it all. I've always been impressed with him. He has a conservative philosophy of governing.

Quite frankly he's better served in role as appropriations chair in the Hiuse bc there is no one ready to step into his shoes.

McMillan To Chair Airport Board said...

OK. Quick. Somebody list two duties of this position. Can't? Thought so.

"He has a conservative philosophy of governing". Sorry, that will not be counted. Next?

Anonymous said...

It might be a tad helpful if the Tax Commissioner had a degree in accounting or knew something about technology so as to at least understand how to upgrade the process or tax law.
Then he might be able to understand what his employees are telling him.
Listening is not understanding and not everyone's ideas are good ones.
Would you want an herb doctor doing your brain surgery? No? Or , how about even letting your very good plumber work on your computer? No?
Then , maybe, just maybe there are jobs for which " book learning" trumps " common sense"!
And, equating those with education who became mentally ill later or who barely got through universities which were not highly rated with those who graduated at the top of their class from an accredited, well regarded education is ridiculous as well.

Anonymous said...

10:06. and We The People can elect better than these appointees you are against? Looking at recent federal/state elections, we are just as big of idiots as those making the appointments you hate. Oh wait, we elected those people.

Anonymous said...

So, who becomes chair of Appropriations next year???

Smooth Maneuver Goober said...

Or is this just another smooth maneuver to get somebody out of the way. It's typical for a guv to slide somebody into a judge's role if they're a thorn in the side of somebody important. But, this position should be elected, not appointing. Being a good ole boy who 'listens' and 'likes good gubment' will do nothing to improve this agency.

By the way, I too recall Beulow. His first official act (and his last a few years later) was to announce that refund checks would be six months late.

Anonymous said...

Bryant is purging all of Boss Hogg Barbour's appointees!!!

Anonymous said...

Obviously most commenters don't get how good a pick the Guv made. Herb is by far the most qualified person in the state of Mississippi. He chaired THE REVENUE committee, Appropriations, and he is an appraiser, something the Dept of Revenue does and where a lot of our states taxes come from. The Dept of Rev has fallen the last 15 years. They need support from the legislature to fix it and the ONLY way that can happen is to hire an insider who knows how to work the legislature. Herb was only one vote away from being Speaker of the HOuse and the only reason he didn't win it was because Gunn bought it with large amounts of donations for votes. The state will never again have the opportunity to have an appraiser and chair of Appr. to run DOR.

Anonymous said...

If Morgan was given his walking papers by Bryant, he could try to get his old job back in Hattiesburg. When the feds get finished with the corruption in Hattiesburg, the Hub City might need a new mayor.

Anonymous said...

The Tax Commissioner need not a degree nor any experience, he will have plenty of help from the subject matter experts at DOR. That's if he lets them do their jobs! Do you really think any of the Department Heads know diddly squat. Its the lower paid/ranking employees that know their agencies business in and out. I can run any State agency if appointed because, I would seek out the best and the brightest in said agency to assist me. I would like the Gov to appoint me to get those 4 highest years for my retirement. You are just mad because he is not your buddy. I heard that most political appointees pay at least $20,000 under the table for an appointment, a good return on investment for a $ 100,000 plus a year job.

Anonymous said...

I heard that most political appointees pay at least $20,000 under the table for an appointment, a good return on investment for a $ 100,000 plus a year job.

Sure, whatever you say.

Anonymous said...

Morgan did not 'get his walking papers'. The head of DOR is appointed for a five year term. Morgan is at the end of his second term - expires June 30th. Don't think he wanted to be reappointed, ready to retire.

The idea of 'electing' the head of DOR is one of the most ridiculous things I have read on JJ, and that includes many ridiculous statements. Bet the person that suggested that loves the bill appointing Sups of Ed.

Anonymous said...

2:55; Why not explain your thoughts instead of just throwing them randomly against the wall? If we can elect any number of other statewide officials, why not this one?

The notion of appointing Education Supts was hatched simply to get around the requirement that the elected ones reside with the district, often a small geographic area with zero to no good prospects for election.

Somebody who heads a large state agency dealing with every working man/woman's taxes (who can have checks issued in a timely manner) should be chosen by the people, not offered a plum retirement position by Cowboy Bob.

Anonymous said...

Feel has a history of "intervening" at the DOR for his cronies when they get audited. This should bring in lots of contributions he can spend personally without accountability.

Where Credit Is Due... said...

Ed Beulow and Kirk Fordice were not the best men to come out of Warren County. Paul Barrett was.

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