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Tax Commissioner

The State Tax Commissioner oversees and manages the State Tax Division so that the laws concerning the assessment and collection of all taxes and levies are faithfully enforced.

Contacts

Alicia Elam Clark
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
(304) 558-0751

Mark Morton, Esq.
General Counsel
(304) 558-5330

Tax Commissioner

Matthew Irby

Matthew Irby was appointed Tax Commissioner for West Virginia by Governor Jim Justice on June 29, 2021.

He brings nearly two decades of public service experience in tax and law to the Tax Department in service to West Virginia as the Deputy Tax Commissioner, Director of the Tax Account Administration Division, Administrative Law Judge at the West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals, and as an attorney for the State Tax Department. He has also worked for Legal Aid of West Virginia and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

Commissioner Irby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and a law degree from Chase College of Law.

Acting Deputy Tax Commissioner

Contact

Connie Stinnett
Administrative Assistant
(304) 558-8351

Acting Deputy Tax Commissioner

Erin Winter

Erin Winter is the Acting Deputy Tax Commissioner.

She began her career with the West Virginia State Tax Department in 2014 as an attorney in the Legal Division.

Prior to joining the Department, she worked for 10 years in private practice as a litigation attorney.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in film from Boston University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Georgia.

Assistant Commissioner, Operations

Contact

J. Michael Dempsey
Assistant Commissioner, Operations
(304) 558-0751

Assistant Commissioner, Operations

J. Michael Dempsey is the Assistant Commissioner, Operations for the West Virginia State Tax Department.

Michael joined the Tax Department in August 2021, and is responsible for the areas of IT, Operations, and Revenue.

He began his career as an auditor, then spent seven years as the Director of Finance for a Third Party Administrator. He has spent the last 14 years in public accounting, performing business valuations, litigation support, damage calculations, and, most recently, has managed class action claims administration projects for State and Federal Court. Michael has 23 years of accounting and finance experience.

Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Taxpayer Engagement

Contact

Heather McDaniel
Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Taxpayer Engagement
(304) 558-8544

Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Taxpayer Engagement

Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel is the Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Taxpayer Engagement.

She joined the agency in June of 2019 as the Privacy Officer. She has worked for the State of West Virginia previously with the Department of Revenue Cabinet Secretary’s Office, as well as the Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary’s Office. She has worked with legal and legislative staff, serving in various roles including Legislative Liaison for DHHR.

McDaniel has experience with many aspects of state government, including legislative, legal, privacy, administrative, health, human resources, and employee training.

Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Charleston.

Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Government Services

Contact

Deanna Sheets
Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Government Services
(304) 558-0751

Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Government Services

Deanna Sheets

Deanna Sheets is the Assistant Deputy Tax Commissioner of Government Services.

She joined the agency in August of 2020 bringing 25 years of experience in accounting and management to the Tax Department. She served nearly 20 years in local government in roles of financial reporting, auditing, strategic management, and operations.

Sheets is a Certified Public Accountant, green belt six sigma, and has credentialed training in project, strategy, and performance management.

She earned a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia State College and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement

Contact

Derek Walker
Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement
(304) 558-2571

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement

Derek-Walker

R. Derek Walker is the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement and in this role is responsible for the overall Enforcement efforts of the agency and has oversight of the Compliance and Criminal Investigation Divisions.

He has more than 23 years of service to the State of West Virginia, having served as an investigator for over 18 of those years. He joined the agency in 2017 after excelling in various roles at the West Virginia Senate, Office of the Attorney General, and State Auditor's Office. He has most recently served the Tax Department as a Special Investigator and Executive Enforcement Officer, leading our enforcement team.

Walker has completed a number of continuing education courses offered by the National White Collar Crime Center, West Virginia Intelligence/Fusion Center and the Federation of Tax Administrators. He is a graduate of the University of Charleston earning Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.

Tax Information and Assistance: (304) 558-3333 or (800) 982-8297