Department of Revenue announces new staff appointments

BATON ROUGE – Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges announced on Friday two appointments to the management team of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR).

Jane Smith joins LDR as Deputy Secretary, assisting the Secretary with administrative and legislative matters.  Smith is a former state lawmaker first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999.  Her legislative experience includes tenure as vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee, in addition to assignments on House and Governmental Affairs, the House Executive Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.  She is a former school superintendent who earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Northwestern State University.

Joseph Vaughn will serve as Assistant Secretary with supervisory authority over the Department of Revenue’s tax audit programs.  Vaughn is a veteran tax administrator with over 20 years’ experience at LDR, having served as director of the Alexandria regional field office for 12 years, and most recently as Assistant Director over the newly re-organized North Louisiana District.  Mr. Vaughn has also worked in the private sector in various audit management positions for the Roy O Martin organization and the Revenue Recovery Group, Inc.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from LSU.