New Castle’s Fisher leaving Owens team |

New Castle’s Fisher leaving Owens team

New Castle resident Fred Fisher is stepping down in January as executive director of the state Department of Revenue, saying he was not willing to commit to another four years at the agency.

Gov. Bill Owens said he has not decided on a replacement.

The department has been the subject of a number of critical audits, including one earlier this year that concluded that drivers and trailer owners were overcharged hundreds of thousands of dollars for title and registration fees because of department mistakes.

Department officials have blamed outdated computers for many of the problems.

Owens said he chose Fisher to lead one of the largest and most important agencies in state government, and praised him for making it more customer-friendly.

“Fred Fisher is the embodiment of a true public servant,” Owens said in a statement.

Owens said the department implemented reforms with a budget that increased only 2.8 percent annually, and added improvements that included Internet tax filing, mail-in driver’s license renewals, direct deposit of tax refunds, and automated truck clearances at ports of entry.

Prior to his appointment in 1999, Fisher was an assistant professor of business at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and was senior vice president of the L.C. Fulenwider Inc. commercial real estate firm and vice president of a Fortune 500 company. He also served as mayor of Greenwood Village from 1981 to 1985 after serving as a member of the city council there from 1977 to 1981.

His retirement will become effective on Jan. 14, when Owens is inaugurated for his second term.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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