Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tom Daxon to Direct OK House Office of Budget and Performance Review

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tom Daxon to Direct OK House Office of Budget and Performance Review

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Tom Daxon, who served as former Gov. Frank Keating's finance director, will serve as director of the state House Office of Budget and Performance Review, Oklahoma House Speaker-elect Todd Hiett announced Monday.

Hiett, R-Kellyville, also announced the end of overtime pay for senior level staffers, which he said had boosted salaries to unreasonable levels in past years.

Daxon's salary will be $98,500, which is about $20,000 less than the existing director made when factoring overtime into the equation.

In a restructuring effort, the budget office will replace the House fiscal division. In addition to providing fiscal analysis to the House speaker and Appropriation and Budget committee chairmen, the office will also emphasize performance reviews of state agency operations.

There's clearly nobody better than Tom Daxon to provide the expertise to help streamline our government, cut costs and work toward a tax policy that creates jobs and grows our economy, Hiett said.

Daxon's prior experience included a stint as Oklahoma auditor and inspector after being elected to the office in 1978. In 1995, he joined the Keating administration as finance director and a cabinet member.

Hiett also announced the hiring of three other individuals as well as the firing of several longtime House employees.

Rick Farmer, an associate professor at the University of Akron in Ohio, will become House committee staff director, where he will oversee the research and legal divisions of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Farmer's salary will be $86,000, which is less than the $92,500 made by former director George Humphreys, who retired after Republicans took control of the House in the November elections.

Chad Warmington, a former aid to U.S. Sen. Don Nickles and Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, will become the Leadership assistant, acting as Hiett's liaison to staff, legislators and external groups. …

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