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Snyder makes appointment to State Tax Commission

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of William Howard Morris, of Detroit, to the State Tax Commission.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Treasury, the three-member board has general supervision for the administration of Michigan's property tax laws. It also provides guidance to local assessors on assessments and appeals. No more than two members can be from the same political party.

“William has the requisite experience and skills to be an asset to the tax commission and I thank him for his willingness to serve,” Snyder said.

Morris has 30 years of professional accounting and financial experience and is the president and CIO of the Prairie & Tireman Group in Detroit. He is a former vice president and senior portfolio manager for Comerica Bank, former emergency financial manager of the Inkster Public School District, former CFO of the Detroit Public School District, and former president of WILMOCO Capital Management.

Morris is a CPA, a chartered financial analyst, a personal financial specialist, and a chartered global management accountant. He received a bachelor’s of business administration from Northwood University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He will represent independents and individuals with at least five years of experience in government or the private sector, dealing with matters relating to state or local taxes. He replaces Robert Naftaly.

Morris will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 27, 2017, and his appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.