Monday, November 21, 2016

Tim Leathers, deputy director of state finance, heading to private sector

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 2:50 PM

click to enlarge TIM LEATHERS: Testifying at the legislature isn't always easy for the revenue commissioner.
  • TIM LEATHERS: Testifying at the legislature isn't always easy for the revenue commissioner.
Tim Leathers, the No. 2 man at the state Department of Finance and Administration, is leaving state employment for the private consulting world.

A Hutchinson administration spokesman said there was no announcement at this time to Leathers, the deputy director and revenue commissioner.

Leathers is a holdover from a day when the DFA was one of the most responsive agencies in state government. I point it out because of my difficulty recently in obtaining detailed information on state income tax payments by income categories. These and other data are critical in evaluating tax cut proposals, which apparently will be the major focus of the 2017 legislative session with secondary concern about what services to cut to sustain the tax cuts. The information is no long readily available I was told by Jake Bleed, through whom all information requests at DFA pass. In years gone by, you could talk easily and directly with the head of the agency.

In his revenue role, Leathers often had to testify about the impact of tax measures on budgets. This was not always popular. Department revenue projections also figured in legislative actions.

Leathers in going to work for InVeritas, a consulting and lobbying firm headed by Ruth Whitney, a former top aide to Gov. Mike Beebe.

The news release:


Long-time Ark. Department of Finance and Administration Deputy Director and Commissioner of Revenues Tim Leathers will join inVeritas as vice president of consulting, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Leathers will be based in inVeritas’ Little Rock headquarters and provide strategic guidance and support to clients based on his decades of experience in finance, government and law.

“Tim has served as a loyal and trusted advisor to seven governors in his nearly 40-year career with the State of Arkansas,” said inVeritas CEO Ruth Whitney. “His extensive experience, contacts, and ability to work with individuals on both sides of the aisle will broaden the firm’s practice and reinforce our track record of success.”

Leathers began his career with DFA in 1977 as a legal assistant and later a revenue tax attorney. He was appointed chief counsel in 1982 – a position he served in for seven years before being hired as commissioner of revenues.

He has served as the department’s deputy director and commissioner of revenues since 1994 where he manages 2,500 employees and is responsible for oversight of the Office of Budget, Personnel Management, Accounting, and Purchasing and Revenue Division.

Under Leather’s tenure, the state implemented the Arkansas Tax Procedure Act, which provided a standard process for the administration of all state taxes and fair method for taxpayers to comply with tax laws. He is also responsible for the current organizational structure of DFA – combining administrative functions and management structure resulted in financial savings and efficiencies that have enhanced the agency’s performance.

“It has been my great privilege to serve DFA and the State of Arkansas for 39 years,” said Leathers. “I am excited to join the inVeritas team and will work to deliver a unique and valuable perspective for their clients in both the public and private sector.”

Leathers earned both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps.

He has served as an instructor of commercial law at UALR and an adjunct professor of state and local taxation at UALR Bowen School of Law.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Baker Kurrus: Opposes Little Rock School District tax proposal

    Baker Kurrus has written a monumental essay explaining why he opposes the proposal in the May 9 special , the Little Rock lawyer and businessman who long served on the Little Rock School Board and spent a year as its superintendent after the state takeover before being fired by Education Commissioner
    • Apr 28, 2017
  • LR City Board to meet Sunday to discuss crime

    The Little Rock City Board will have a special called meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday to discuss the recent increase in violent crime episodes.
    • Apr 28, 2017
  • How low can they go? An insulting flyer for Little Rock school tax

    The group pushing a huge addition to personal property tax payments in the Little Rock School District have hit a new low with their latest pro-tax flyer. A vote against it means you hate kids.
    • Apr 28, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • State Police issues statement on Jason Rapert 'threats'

    The State Police have issued a minor clarification in what appears to be an effort to soothe an enraged Sen. Jason Rapert, exposed here as overly excited about both a Conway parking lot question from a constituent as well as some inflammatory Internet rhetoric that he's interpreted as a dire threat on his life. State cops took his reports seriously, they say. But in the end, they found nothing actionable.
    • Sep 15, 2015
  • Transgender electrician may sue employer over her firing

    Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ruled that Patricia Dawson, a transgender woman, may pursue her lawsuit that she was wrongfully fired by her employer, H & H Electric, because of her sex.
    • Sep 16, 2015
  • 2nd guilty plea in bribery case over state mental health services

    Arkansas Business reports here on a federal court filing Wednesday that shows a second person has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to help a major contractor of the state Department of Human Services.
    • Sep 17, 2015

Most Shared

  • Workers stiffed

    How is it going with the great experiment to make the Republican Party the champion of the sons and daughters of toil instead of the oligarchs of wealth and business?
  • Former state board of education chair Sam Ledbetter weighs in on Little Rock millage vote

    Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
  • O'Reilly's fall

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make TV stars.

Visit Arkansas

Fishing the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Fishing the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Arkansas angler and fishing expert Billy Murray shares his extensive knowledge of the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Finally. Friday.

    • "Hey Donald J. Trump when you say that your life was so much better before…

    • on April 28, 2017
  • Re: Kenneth D. Williams: Dead, but his words live

    • I am also capable of writing well beyond what one would think my intelligence would…

    • on April 28, 2017
  • Re: Finally. Friday.

    • I'm far more worried about an unstable, irrational Drumpf nuking our homeland than backward N…

    • on April 28, 2017

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation