Charles Chinnock promoted to executive director |

Charles Chinnock promoted to executive director

by Maggie O'Neill, Appeal staff writer
Charles Chinnock sits in his office at the Nevada Department of Taxation. Chinnock, a brigadier general in the Nevada Air Natonal Guard, is also the the Executive Director of the Department of Taxation. Photo by Brian Corley

Nevada tax collecting will become more efficient with the modernization of the Information Technologies Department of the Department of Taxation. At least that is the plan of Charles Chinnock, the recently appointed executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation.

Chinnock, who replaces former executive director Dave Pursell, plans to enhance the information technology portion of the department, bringing the tax collection process up to date.

“Basically, we’re still doing things through the mail,” he said.

More than 200 people working in the Carson City, Reno, Las Vegas and Elko branches of the department collect nearly $3 billion worth of revenue a year, according to Chinnock.

“There are challenges,” he said. “That’s the great part of the job. The workers want to do a good job. They want to serve the taxpayers of Nevada.”

On July 8, Gov. Kenny Guinn appointed Charles Chinnock executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, replacing Pursell who retired in May.

Chinnock had previously worked for the department for 10 or 11 years, leaving several years ago. In July 2001, he came back on board as deputy executive director of the Division of Assessment Standards.

Though Chinnock was not the only individual to apply for the position, he said he does not know how many contenders there were for the position.

“I had to throw my hat in the ring,” he said.

Chinnock had little idea he would receive the executive director appointment, but said he was not surprised although he was happy.

Chinnock wants to strengthen many of the programs initiated by Pursell, who served as executive director for 25 years.

“Pursell is a tough act to follow,” Chinnock said. “He did a great job. “

Chinnock received a degree in secondary education and was a school teacher. When he initially joined the Department of Taxation, he was trained in property tax.

He also joined the Nevada Air National Guard as a traditional guardsman, eventually becoming not only a flight instructor but a wing commander. Chinnock took a tour in the Gulf War and was promoted to brigadier general.

About a year ago when he came back to the Department of Taxation, he went to a part-time position as a guardsman at state headquarters in Carson City. With two commitments in his hands, Chinnock spends time with the Air National Guard during weekends, evenings and lunches.

Chinnock is excited about his new appointment. “The pressure is on,” he said. “It’s time to walk the walk.”