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Arkansas finance official Tim Leathers jumps to private sector

Tim Leathers of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration at a meeting of the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on January 27, 2015. (AP file photo by Danny Johnston)

News release provided by inVeritas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (November 21, 2016) – Long-time Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Deputy Director and Commissioner of Revenues Tim Leathers will join inVeritas as vice president of consulting, effective January 1, 2017.

Mr. Leathers will be based in inVeritas’ Little Rock headquarters and provide strategic guidance and support to clients based on his decades of experience in finance, government, and law.

“Tim has served as a loyal and trusted advisor to seven governors in his nearly 40-year career with the State of Arkansas,” said inVeritas CEO Ruth Whitney. “His extensive experience, contacts, and ability to work with individuals on both sides of the aisle will broaden the firm’s practice and reinforce our track record of success.”

Mr. Leathers began his career with DFA in 1977 as a legal assistant and later a revenue tax attorney. He was appointed chief counsel in 1982 – a position he served in for seven years before being hired as commissioner of revenues.

He has served as the department’s deputy director and commissioner of revenues since 1994. He manages 2,500 employees and is responsible for oversight of the Office of Budget, Personnel Management, Accounting, and Purchasing and Revenue Division.

Under Mr. Leather’s tenure, the state implemented the Arkansas Tax Procedure Act, which provided a standard process for the administration of all state taxes and fair method for taxpayers to comply with tax laws. He is also responsible for the current organizational structure of DFA – combining administrative functions and management structure resulted in financial savings and efficiencies that have enhanced the agency’s performance.

“It has been my great privilege to serve DFA and the State of Arkansas for 39 years,” said Mr. Leathers.  “I am excited to join the inVeritas team and will work to deliver a unique and valuable perspective for their clients in both the public and private sector.”

Mr. Leathers earned both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps.

He has served as an instructor of commercial law at UALR and an adjunct professor of state and local taxation at UALR Bowen School of Law.

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inVeritas is a global public affairs firm specializing in corporate and brand management, public relations, government relations, market research, and intelligence. Founded in 2009 by Ruth Whitney, inVeritas strives to deliver critical intelligence and proven solutions to address complex business challenges.

inVeritas represents Global 500 companies, professional service firms, world-renowned artists, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, and federal government agencies and commissions.

inVeritas expanded to Northwest Arkansas and Washington, D.C., in early 2016.

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