SALT LAKE CITY - The state's top budget officer, John Nixon, has accepted a similar position in the State of Michigan.
"Over the past several years, John Nixon has helped guide this State through arguably the most difficult budget cycles in decades. His knowledge and his leadership are major factors as to why Utah's economy is the envy of the nation," Governor Gary R. Herbert said. "Personally, he has become a trusted adviser and he will be greatly missed."
Nixon has served as the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget since June 2006. Prior to that, he was deputy director and Chief Financial Officer for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Nixon currently serves as the president of the National Association of State Budget Officers.
"Utah has proven itself as an economic leader at a time when states across the country are facing great budget challenges," Governor-elect Rick Snyder said. "John's experience and his understanding of conservative and prudent budgeting will serve us well in Michigan, where I have pledged to make fiscal responsibility, stability and transparency priorities for my Administration."
Governor Herbert will unveil his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2012 on Dec 10. Nixon will remain in his current position through the end of the year.
"I have been honored to join Governor Herbert and the Utah Legislature in serving the people of the State of Utah," Nixon said. "While I am looking forward to this new opportunity and challenge in Michigan, I will miss the Beehive State dearly."