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North Dakota budget office leader to retire

OMB Director Joe Morrissette will step down from his leading role on Aug. 31, but he will continue to serve as director in a part-time role through next year's legislative session, according to the North Dakota governor's office.

Joe Morrissette was named director of the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget Thursday, Feb. 8. Photo provided by Gov. Doug Burgum's office.
Joe Morrissette.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette will retire from his full-time role at the end of August, the governor's office announced Thursday, June 30.

Four years ago, Morrissette took the reins of the office, which broadly oversees state government's finances and operations. He has also served as deputy tax commissioner and as a fiscal analyst for OMB and Legislative Council during a nearly 30-year career in state government.

Morrissette will step down from his leading role on Aug. 31, but he will continue to serve as director on a part-time basis through next year's legislative session, the governor's office said in a news release.

Gov. Doug Burgum heaped praise on Morrissette, one of his longest-serving cabinet members.

“From improving transparency in state government, to developing the executive proposal for over $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act investments, Joe has been a champion for conservative fiscal management, driven by strategic planning, and helped ensure North Dakota was well-positioned for growth," Burgum said.

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Morrissette called serving as OMB director "one of the great honors of my life." He has been one of the highest-paid state officials, earning more than $185,000 per year.

The state will put up a job posting to fill Morrissette's position in early 2023.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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