Criminal Probe Prompts New Leaders for Multistate Tax Group

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By Jennifer McLoughlin

The Multistate Tax Commission’s leadership is shifting in the wake of the former Executive Committee chair’s resignation as secretary of New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department amid allegations of abuse of power and criminal activity.

MTC Executive Director Gregory S. Matson announced Dec. 30 that Demesia Padilla’s position will be filled by Vice Chair Rich Jackson of the Idaho State Tax Commission by operation of the MTC bylaws. Padilla stepped down in December after investigators raided the agency office searching for records in connection with her and her husband, Jessie Medina Jr. The state attorney general is, in part, looking into potential tax evasion and embezzlement.

Matson said that Jackson has appointed John L. Valentine, chair of the Utah State Tax Commission, to serve as vice chair. The MTC bylaws require the Executive Committee to officially elect Valentine during its next meeting.

Valentine was serving as one of four at-large members of the committee, so his move to vice chair creates a vacancy. Matson said Jackson expects the role will be filled by the end of January.

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