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December 16, 2003  -  Taft Names Wilkins Tax Commissioner

COLUMBUS (December 16, 2003) - Governor Bob Taft announced the appointment of William W. Wilkins as Ohio Tax Commissioner. Wilkins, 59, will start his job on January 19.

"Bill brings extraordinary ability and integrity to this position," said Governor Taft. "He is committed to further streamlining the management of the tax department, and he'll be a key player in our work to advocate the type of tax reform needed to grow our economy."

Wilkins currently is president and CEO of Global Health Solutions, a consulting and government relations firm that specializes in services to the health care industry. From 1995 to 2002, he served as president and CEO of OhioHealth. As a member of former Governor Rhodes' cabinet, Wilkins has a long history of public service. He served as director of the Office of Budget and Management and director of the Department of Administrative Services.

As Tax Commissioner, Wilkins will be responsible for overseeing the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT). The Tax Commissioner is responsible for the administration of most state-collected taxes and several locally-collected taxes, and exercises supervision over the real properties tax. ODT has a staff of approximately 1,300 working in Columbus, seven regional offices in Ohio and three branch offices out of state.

Originally from Lancaster, Wilkins received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and pursued Graduate Studies in Business Administration at the University of Toledo. Additionally, Wilkins serves as Chair of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Financing Student Success and Chairman of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Wilkins will remain on the Blue Ribbon Task Force, but will resign from the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

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Contact: Orest Holubec, Governor's Office, at (614) 644-0957;
or Gary Gudmundson, ODT, at (614) 644-6903.