Personnel note: Vernon Barnett named Ala. Commissioner of Revenue

Alabama Department of Revenue
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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Vernon Barnett as the new commissioner of revenue, the governor’s office announced Friday.

According to governor’s office, the appointment was a part of Ivey’s quest to steady the ship of state.

“The Alabama Department of Revenue is vital to state government. The Department ensures that citizens are treated fairly and that all tax dollars are accounted for. Citizens must have confidence in their government, and that starts with the Commissioner of Revenue,” Ivey said in a statement. “This is the people’s business, and being transparent is my goal. I have appointed Vernon Barnett as Commissioner of Revenue because he shares my commitment to integrity and honesty in government. I am confident that Vernon has the necessary skills and experience to lead the Department of Revenue.”

Barnett joins the Department of Revenue from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, where he has served as Executive Counsel since 2011.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama School of Law, Barnett served as a senior advisor to the director at ADEM. He has also managed ADEM’s relationship with the state legislature, and has held positions in both the Alabama Corrections Department and the Attorney General’s office.

“I am thankful to Governor Ivey for the trust she has placed in me; I look forward to working with her to restore the confidence of the people in state government,” Barnett commented. “I am also excited to join with the dedicated employees in the Revenue Department as we seek to properly collect and account for the monies entrusted to us by the people of Alabama.”

Barnett will officially begin his duties as Commissioner of Revenue on May 22, where he will replace Julie Magee whose resignation was accepted on May 5.