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Nashville Tax Lawyer Appointed State Revenue Commissioner

Gov. Phil Bredesen swore in a Nashville tax lawyer as the state’s newest revenue commissioner Monday to fill in for Reagan Farr, who left the post earlier this month for a job in the private sector.

Bredesen, who will be termed out of office in January, said he hopes his new appointee, Charles Trost, is kept on by the new administration.

“You just hit the ground running an awful lot faster than you do when you try to completely staff up new departments,” the governor said.

Trost was a tax lawyer with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville before stepping down to take the job as the state’s chief tax collector.

He was also a registered lobbyist, according to the Tennessee Ethics Commission.

Trost registered in 2009 and 2010 to represent the Tennessee Automotive Association, expressing interest in issues relating to business and commerce as well as taxation.

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