Maryland’s deputy comptroller, Sharonne R. Bonardi, is leaving at the end of the year to become executive director of the Federation of Tax Administrators.
Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) said Thursday he has named Andrew Schaufele, the current director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates (BRE), to succeed her, effective Jan. 3. Current BRE Chief Economist David Farkas will be the bureau’s interim director.
“This is incredibly bittersweet news for me personally and for the agency professionally,” Franchot said in a statement. “Sharonne is the heart and soul of the Comptroller’s Office. She is universally beloved by her colleagues, serves as a role model for our female employees, and is deeply respected by her peers across the country. I’m thrilled that Sharonne was selected for this national leadership role, one that suits her perfectly and that she has called a dream job.”
The Federation of Tax Administrators, based in Washington, D.C., is a professional organization for state tax administrators, providing research, training and coordination. The organization also represents the interests of state tax administrators before federal policymakers.
Bonardi has been deputy comptroller since 2015, and is the first Black woman to hold the position. She has worked at the agency for the past 16 years.
Schaufele is in his 10th year as BRE director, after serving as assistant director for several years. In a statement, he said Bonardi “leaves the Comptroller’s Office on a strong footing and with a roadmap for continued success.”
Franchot called Schaufele “the ideal person” for the deputy comptroller job.
“During his time as director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates, Andy has built the trust and admiration of colleagues, legislators and stakeholders by working tirelessly to develop precise revenue estimates, accurate fiscal notes and other important economic reports,” Franchot said.