Burgum announces retirement of OMB Director Pam Sharp

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:00pm


BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the retirement of North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Pam Sharp, extending his gratitude to Sharp for her dedication to the State of North Dakota for more than three decades.

Sharp’s retirement is effective Nov. 30. She will assist in a temporary position throughout the transition to new leadership.

Sharp was appointed OMB director in 2003 by then-Gov. John Hoeven and reappointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Burgum. Prior to serving as OMB director, she spent five years as deputy director and nearly six years as a budget analyst. During her 31 years in state government, she also served in the Tax Department, Auditor’s Office and State Treasurer’s Office.

“Pam Sharp’s vast experience and expertise in government finance have been a tremendous asset for North Dakota,” Burgum said. “She has done an exceptional job managing the state’s challenging budget during both prosperous and lean times. We thank her for loyalty and exemplary service and wish her all the best in retirement.”

“Having worked for three governors and through 13 legislative sessions, I’ve seen a lot of changes in state government, and I’m optimistic about the future of North Dakota with the great team we have in place at OMB,” Sharp said. “I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve the State of North Dakota and its citizens over the course of my career. I am so grateful for the experiences and the wonderful people I have had the good fortune to work with over the years.”

As OMB director, Sharp is responsible for the fiscal administration for the executive branch of state government as well as the supervision of the divisions of Human Resource Management Services, Fiscal Administration, Facility Management, Central Services and Risk Management. 

A national search for a new OMB director is underway.