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Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges Announces Deputy, Undersecretary, and Assistant Secretary

January 22, 2008

Baton Rouge- Cynthia Bridges, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, announces the appointment of Earl Millet as Deputy Secretary and the re-appointments of Clarence Lymon as Undersecretary and Kurt Van Brocklin as Assistant Secretary to her executive team for Governor Jindal's administration.

"I am excited to have Mr. Millet join the team as Deputy Secretary and enjoy the continued services of Mr. Lymon and Mr. Van Brocklin as we strive to make it clear and easy for an individual or business to take care of their state tax responsibilities, while contributing to a better quality of life for all Louisiana citizens," says Bridges.

Earl Millet, a CPA and native of New Orleans, has served as the Director of the Department's New Orleans regional office for the past 19 years. Bridges says "Mr. Millet brings experience, an extensive amount of tax knowledge, strong leadership and commitment to the Office of the Secretary." Under his leadership, the agency has participated in the New Orleans metropolitan area's annual Super Tax Day for the past 5 years assisting low to moderate income citizens in filing their federal and state individual income tax returns. He also coordinated the department's "mobile tax service" project, which allows staff real-time access to taxpayer account information via a Tablet PC, providing on-site assistance to businesses and tax preparers in the resolution of taxpayers' state tax account matters. Mr. Millet routinely makes tax education presentations in conjunction with the New Orleans local CPA chapter, universities, and various non-profit organizations, and frequently collaborates with local tax jurisdictions and District Attorneys to facilitate joint tax compliance and enforcement initiatives.

Clarence Lymon, currently a resident of Prairieville, LA since returning from Houston, TX in 2000, is a CPA and has served as Undersecretary since 2004. He is responsible for the Office of Management and Finance, which includes the agency's enterprise services such as fiscal, information technology, human resources, and internal audit. Mr. Lymon previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Tax Administration Group 3 from 2000 to 2004, overseeing the Department's compliance program. He also served as manager of the Houston Audit District, one of the program's major audit-producing offices.

Kurt Van Brocklin, a native of New Iberia, has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Tax Administration Group 3 since 2004. He is responsible for the audits conducted by the Department to ensure compliance, and educate and inform taxpayers of their tax obligations. Under Mr. Van Brocklin's leadership, the field audit program consistently exceeded one-hundred million dollars in audit-related collections each fiscal year, a historical accomplishment for the program. Mr. Van Brocklin has an MBA and formerly served as Director of the Field Audit Services Division.