"We still have a Lottery Commission, separate from the Racing Commission, and separate from the ABCA," Lorensen said. "In the short term, it's a much more incremental approach."
Eventually, he said, there could be some consolidation of personnel between the agencies.
Lorensen said it particularly makes sense to consolidate those Revenue agencies under a deputy secretary, since all the agencies are now located in the Lottery headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
"Where these agencies were once spread all over town, now you can see them by going up or down an elevator," he said.
The Lottery Commission bought the City Center West office tower in 2010 for $21.6 million, and spent more than $13 million renovating the 13-story building. Last year, the department consolidated offices of several agencies in the building, including the ABCA and the Racing Commission.
Also Tuesday, Lorensen said that in addition to serving as department secretary, he will serve as the state's acting tax commissioner, effective Feb. 1.
Craig Griffith, who had served as tax commissioner for nearly three years, obtained an employment exemption from the state Ethics Commission in November in order to seek employment in the private sector.
Lorensen has experience as tax commissioner, having served in that position for about 18 months from 1989 to 1990 under Gov. Gaston Caperton.
Lorsensen will not receive additional compensation for serving as acting tax commissioner. He said Musgrave will receive a $5,000 salary increase, to $97,500.
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