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Tax Commissioner Fong announces resignation

BISMARCK - Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced Tuesday he will resign after Dec. 31 to pursue a job in the private sector.

Fong submitted a resignation letter today to Gov. Jack Dalrymple. He will begin working for marketing and public relations firm Odney in January to help lead the firm's public affairs division.

Fong was appointed tax commissioner in 2005 by Gov. John Hoeven and was elected in 2006 and 2010.

"I have enjoyed my time serving as Tax Commissioner immensely and I have gained immeasurably from the experience, along with the other leadership positions I have had the good fortune to serve in over the years," Fong said in a statement. "And, it is this broad foundation of experience that drives my interest in setting new goals and seeking new opportunities outside of government that are aimed at building and growing North Dakota."