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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of March 11, 2019


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Driving the news out of the Governor’s office is Gov. Mike Parson naming a new acting director of the Department of Revenue (DOR) after Joel Walters submitted his resignation this week.

Parson tapped Ken Zellers, DOR’s chief operating officer, to take over the role once the embattled Walters leaves his post.

“I have full confidence that the [DOR] will continue providing excellent service to the people of Missouri,” Parson said in a statement. “Our administration will build off the positive reforms made within the department and ensure Missourians continue to benefit from historical tax cuts made at the federal and state level.”

Parson also appointed 10 people to various boards and commissions in the state this week, including picking former state Sen. Brian Munzlinger to the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole where he will be tasked with determining the release of those incarcerated.

If Munzlinger’s appointment is confirmed, there will still be one more vacancy on the board.

Additionally, Parson filled the final opening on the Missouri State Board of Education by appointing Mary Shield to the post. With other members’ terms set to expire, Parson will most likely have the opportunity to appoint additional people to the board in the future.

Parson also appointed Vernon Vito Bracy and Victor Barnett Pasley to the Lincoln University Board of Trustees; Richard Popp to the Lincoln University Board of Curators; Richard Ebersold and Alan Landes to the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors; and Sherry Jones, Lowell Mohler, and Kevin Roberts to the State Fair Commission.

Earlier in the week, Parson signed an executive order establishing a task force to develop a plan to improve school safety in Missouri, tapping Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe to lead the group.

“As a grandfather and as governor, I expect schools to be safe places from the time a student steps onto the bus in the morning until he or she steps off in the afternoon,” Parson said. “Unfortunately, I know from my time as a law enforcement officer that there are people in the world who seek to prey on those who are often unable to protect themselves.”

“As a state, we need to ensure we are providing the tools and guidance to help local elected leaders make our schools as safe as possible,” he continued.

Parson also met with various people in Jefferson City and throughout Missouri, including addressing hundreds of anti-abortion Missourians who descended upon the Capitol. He told them the state was prepared for Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 abortion decision, to be overturned.

Additionally, Parson met with Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, Missouri Hispanic leaders, the Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, Joplin Schools JROTC participants, and a group of teachers from Bolivar this week.