Kirk approved a temporary extension Nov. 9, and the full Ethics Commission will vote to grant a full exemption at its regular meeting in December.
Griffith said Friday he was still in the beginning stages of his job search and hadn't applied for any specific jobs yet.
Though he was granted an exemption to begin a job search, Griffith will still have to abide by other ethics laws that apply to public officials.
That includes laws barring him from registering as a lobbyist or representing a private firm before the tax department for one year after leaving the office.
In addition to his role as tax commissioner, Griffith also serves as chairman of the West Virginia Municipal Bond Commission, secretary of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Project Executive Committee.
Looking back over the past five years, Griffith said the state has been successful at improving the way taxpayers work with the state through investments in the e-filing process and reforming the business registration process.
The agency has also worked with state officials to help lower business and sales taxes in recent years. He said those efforts have benefited the state's economy and improved the business climate.
"I think from our perspective, we've worked well with the business community," he said. "While we can't respond to everything they've asked for, we do take account a lot of what they say in restructuring our tax code."
Griffith said that experience on both the state side and the business side of the tax system will help him in the future.
"It's nice having experience on both sides," he said. "You get a sense of the pressures and issues that arise on both sides of the tax department.
"You get a sense of how passionate many of those people are about their jobs, and you don't always get that sense in the private sector," he said. "You realize what pride they take in what they do."
Griffith grew up Ripley and graduated from Ripley High School in 1993 and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2000. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Julia and Sydney.
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