BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the appointment of Joe Morrissette as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) effective March 1, citing his broad experience in government finance and deep knowledge of the state's budget and taxes.
Morrissette has served as North Dakota’s deputy tax commissioner since 2014, providing management and policy direction to the Tax Department’s 130 team members. Prior to that, he worked as a fiscal and management analyst for OMB from 2002 to 2013 and as a fiscal analyst for Legislative Council from 1994 to 2002.
“Joe knows North Dakota’s budget and tax structure inside and out and has proven himself a strong asset to the state through significant revenue swings and complex changes to tax policy,” Burgum said. “We are thrilled to have him join the Cabinet and look forward to his expertise as we prepare our budget for the next biennium and continue our efforts to reinvent government.”
As OMB director, Morrissette will serve on the governor’s Cabinet and be responsible for the fiscal administration for the executive branch of state government.
“I want to thank Governor Burgum for this opportunity. I am excited to join his team and be a part of his efforts to transform state government,” Morrissette said. “I look forward to leading the team of dedicated staff at the Office of Management and Budget as we work together to reinvent state government and make it more efficient and effective for the people of North Dakota.”
Morrissette earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration in 1989 and a master’s in business administration in 2011, both from the University of Mary in Bismarck. He began his career in the private sector and has been a certified public accountant since 1990.
Morrissette has served on the state’s Advisory Council on Revenue Forecasting since 2002 and has played key roles in major tax reform efforts at the state level in recent years. He served as an education funding analyst for the Commission on Education Improvement from 2004 to 2009, as a property tax analyst for the Governor’s Task Force on Property Tax Reform from 2013 to 2015 and as a member of the County Social Services Finance Working Group in 2015-2016.
Morrissette will succeed former OMB Director Pam Sharp, who was appointed in 2003 and retired Nov. 30, 2017, but has continued to lead in a temporary position throughout the transition to new leadership. Burgum expressed his deepest gratitude for Sharp’s exceptional work managing the state’s budget.