JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Following a weekend traveling the state showing support for those that served in the military, Missouri’s Governor kicked off the work with by announcing his pick for the next-Attorney General.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Parson appointed the state’s chief financial officer to take over as the next attorney general, filling the position soon-to-be vacated my Missouri’s new U.S. Senator-elect. Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt will serve the rest of Josh Hawley’s term as the chief law enforcement officer.

“It was important to appoint someone who has already been thoroughly vetted by the people of Missouri. Eric is someone who I highly respect, personally trust, and have full confidence to serve as Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer,” said Parson.

Parson appoints Schmitt as next Attorney General

Parson also recognized the exemplary service a more than a dozen first responders in Missouri, presenting medals and dedicating the day to recognizing public safety officers.

Parson presented five different Missouri Public Safety Medals for exemplary service to Missouri first responders from across the state and civilians who assisted first responders in emergency situations during 2017. In total, Parson recognized 20 individuals in Jefferson City and 33 individuals in St. Louis.

Parson awards medals to first responders, dedicated day to Missouri public safety recognition

He also worked to encourage Missourians to become more educated on adoption. Parson issued a proclamation in honor of Adoption Awareness Month.

Jefferson City welcomed dog trainer Brandon McMillan on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Parson and the First Lady of Missouri traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual Jobs for American graduates conference. They also visit Arlington National Cemetery.

Parson put a spotlight on Ceres coming down from her perch atop the Capitol for the first time in 94 years.

Ceres descends from perch atop Missouri’s Capitol