Savic named interim Fiscal Review director

Senators attend a hearing on Jan. 30, 2018. From left are Republican Sens. Ed Jackson of Jackson, Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, and Paul Bailey of Sparta. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Bojan Savic has been named interim director of the Joint Fiscal Review Committee following Krista Lee Carsner’s departure to become director of the legislative budget office in Minnesota.

Carsner, the first woman to serve as executive director of the Fiscal Review Committee, stepped down after five years on the job. Lawmakers voted last year to give the speakers of the House and Senate the authority to name the panel’s director, rather than the lawmaker members of the committee.

Here’s the release from the speakers’ offices:

NASHVILLE — Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) today announced the appointment of Bojan Savic as Interim Executive Director of the legislature’s Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Savic replaces Krista Lee Carsner who departed to join the Minnesota State Legislature as their Budget Office Director. 

“I am ecstatic Mr. Savic has agreed to step into the role of director,” said Lt. Governor McNally. “He has many years of experience with the state and the committee. He is an excellent fit for the position. I have every confidence he will do a great job.”

“The Fiscal Review Committee is an important part of the legislative process.  It ensures we are budgeting both strategically and effectively, which protects Tennessee’s taxpayer dollars,” said Speaker Sexton. “Mr. Savic’s experience will make him successful in this interim role, and we look forward to working with him.”

A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Business Economics and an M.A. in Applied Economics, Savic has been with the Fiscal Review Committee for over a decade in various roles. Prior to joining the committee, Savic worked as a statistician for the United States Census Bureau. He most recently served as Assistant Director of the Fiscal Review Committee under Director Carsner. 

The Fiscal Review Committee, one of several statutory oversight committees, was created by statute in 1967 as a special continuing committee of the General Assembly.

The function of the Fiscal Review Committee is to conduct a continuing review of revenue collections, budget requests, the recommended executive budget, appropriations, work programs, allotments, reserves, impoundments, the state debt, and the condition of the various state funds.

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