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Senate reviews gubernatorial appointments

   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate heard from gubernatorial appointments with little debate or argument about the governor’s installments Wednesday.

Leadership from the chamber listened to more than 30 appointed people, each represented by a senator. Senators offered advice and asked questions about how their service would affect what they did in their capacity as members of executive boards.

Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, asked Leland Shurin, who may be appointed to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners how he would help to reduce crime.

“To me, crime and poverty are interwoven but are some significant challenges where we’re at right now,” Schmitt told Shurin. “You’re going on a board that’s going to have some impact on that.”

Most of the appointees got through with little debate, argument or rebuke. Infact, John Briscoe’s hearing as an appointee to the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Committee served as an impromptu hearing on funding for roads and bridges.

The full list of gubernatorial appointees has been provided below.

  • Kenneth McGhee, Democrat, as a member of the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (Walsh)
  • T’Shon Young, as a member of the Organ Donation Advisory Committee (Walsh)
  • Herbert M. Kohn, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Gaming Commission (Holsman)
  • Leland M. Shurin, as a member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners (Holsman)
  • Marilou Joyner, Democrat, as a member of the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents (Holsman)
  • Rochelle L. Harris, as a member of the Missouri State Committee of Interpreters (Holsman)
  • Jennifer Dameron, Democrat, as a member of the Truman State University Board of Governors (Holsman)
  • Regina M. Staves, as a member of the Committee for Professional Counselors (Holsman)
  • Jane E. Walton, as a member of the Interior Design Council (Holsman)
  • Michael L. Franks, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors (Richard)
  • Erika L. O’Malley, as a member of the Advisory Commission for Dental Hygienists (Richard)
  • Paul F. Woody, Democrat, as a member of the St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority (Richard)
  • Paul M. Maloney, Republican, as a member of the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners (Keaveny)
  • Edward Clark, as a member of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (Keaveny)
  • Gabriel E. Gore, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors (Keaveny)
  • Brett W. Berri, as a member of the Administrative Hearing Commission (Kehoe)
  • William W. Gratz, as a member of the Missouri Real Estate Commission (Kehoe)
  • Nancy J. Brody, Independent, as a member of the State Committee of Dietitians (Schatz)
  • Edward P. Gargas, Republican, as a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents (Libla)
  • James L. Greer, as a member of the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund Board of Trustees (Schaefer)
  • Joel Todd Spencer, as a member of the Missouri Workforce Development Board (Kraus)
  • Emanuel Cleaver, as a member of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (Kraus)
  • Christian S. Tadrus, as a member of the State Board of Pharmacy (Munzlinger)
  • John W. Briscoe, Democrat, as a member of the State Highways and Transportation Commission (Munzlinger)
  • Anita Y. Oplotnik, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors (Wasson)
  • Douglas R. Lang, as a member of the State Board of Pharmacy (Sifton)
  • Paul F. Williams, as a member of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (Dixon)
  • Laura A. Crandall, Republican, as a member of the Truman State University Board of Governors (Schmitt)
  • Rachell M. Larose, as a member of the State Committee for Social Workers (Hegeman)
  • **Justin M. Bennett, Republican, as a member of the State Committee for Social Workers (Romine)
  • Deborah L. Price, Democrat, as a member of the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents (Nasheed)

REAPPOINTMENTS:

  • Deborah J. Smith, Democrat, as a member of the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors (Hegeman)
  • Mary A. Long, Democrat, as a member of the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors (Holsman)