Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed a state tax official to serve as Nebraska's new tax commissioner. 

Heineman announced Thursday that he has chosen Kimberly Conroy, of Papillion, as the new head of the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Conroy will replace Doug Ewald, who is stepping down to take a job with an Omaha tax and auditing firm. 

Conroy has served as the state's deputy tax commissioner since September 2008. Prior to that, the 53-year-old worked as director of the Revenue Department's compliance division. 

Conroy will assume her new responsibilities on Saturday. She will receive an annual salary of $135,000.