- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Revenue Director Nia Ray is stepping down to take the same job in Oregon.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday picked Ray to lead the state’s revenue department starting Oct. 10 if she is confirmed by the Oregon Senate in September.

Ray is set to replace Oregon Interim Revenue Director Kris Kautz, who took over when the last director, James Bucholz, retired in December.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Ray in 2014, but the governor is barred from seeking re-election and will be out of office in January.

Ray led the department in implementing a one-time tax amnesty program last fiscal year that allowed delinquent taxpayers to pay back taxes without penalties.

Nixon appointed Missouri Department of Revenue Deputy Director John Mollenkamp to lead the agency when Ray leaves.

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Nia Ray’s gender has been corrected in this story.

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