The Minnesota Department of Revenue’s leader will depart his post next month, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Wednesday.
Commissioner Robert Doty, who was appointed by Walz in November 2020, is leaving to serve as the chief financial officer at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
However, Walz said Doty would continue to advise his administration after departing state government.
“Commissioner Doty has truly exemplified what it means to be a public servant ,” Walz said in a Thursday statement. “We owe many of our state’s biggest accomplishments over these past few years to his dedication and work. Commissioner Doty was crucial in navigating the pandemic, passing frontline worker payments, and growing Minnesota’s thriving economy.”
Before his appointment, Doty served as an assistant commissioner at the Department of Revenue. He succeeded Cynthia Bauerly, who stepped down after six years as the state’s chief tax collector, a longer tenure than any previous revenue commissioner.
Doty previously served as executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery, and as the chief financial and chief operating officers of both the Harvest Network of Schools and the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Doty’s last day as commissioner will be Sept. 2. Deputy Commissioner Lee Ho will serve as temporary commissioner through the remainder of Walz’s first term. He is seeking reelection in November.
“It has truly been an honor to serve people in Minnesota and to positively impact their lives,” Doty said in the governor’s Wednesday statement. ”I am proud of the work accomplished over my tenure at Revenue, specifically the programs that provided relief to Minnesotans during the pandemic. …”