CARSON CITY — Sharon Rigby of Elko began serving on the Nevada Tax Commission this month as the appointed mining industry member.
Rigby was one of two new members to join the commission in November, along with Reno native Randy J. Brown of AT&T.
An attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry and in taxation, Rigby opened her Elko firm in 2015 to serve Nevada’s mining industry with state and local tax and valuation services.
Prior to that, she worked for Ryan LLC from 2011 to 2014, providing tax and valuation consulting to mining operations throughout the United States and Canada.
From 1987 to 2010 Rigby worked for Newmont Mining Corp., where she gained valuable experience in mine accounting, tax, business and litigation. She received the Chairman’s Award from Newmont’s board of directors in recognition of her successful integration and settlement of tax issues related to a complex merger.
Rigby holds a Bachelor of Business Administration summa cum laude from National University, San Diego; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno; and a Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada, and holds a CMI (property tax) certificate from the Institute of Professionals in Taxation.
She is a member of the Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, Nevada Taxpayer’s Association (board member), Nevada Mining Association, Women’s Mining Coalition, Elko County Board of Equalization, Institute of Professionals in Taxation, Elko Rotary Club (board member), and the Elko Chamber of Commerce.
Rigby replaced Elko attorney John E. Marvel on the board.
The Nevada Tax Commission is made up of eight members appointed by the governor to head the Department of Taxation, which administers the collection of nearly $5 billion annually in state and local government revenue from 20 different taxes.
Besides adopting regulations and policies, the commission makes decisions to ensure that the application of taxes is done consistently among taxpayers.