JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s been a busy week for Governor Eric Greitens, who started off the week with a major announcement.
In one fell swoop, the Governor replaced each of the five members appointed to the Missouri Veterans Commission by his predecessor with five of his own picks, urging the removal of Larry Kay as the director of the Commission as well as that of Rolando Carter, the administrator of the St. Louis Veterans Home.
It was a move that was questioned by one of the state senators who serves on the commission, to which the Governor responded on Wednesday.
Later that day, the commission met, and Kay resigned.
The Governor released the following statement. “The commission took bold action to protect our veterans tonight. Missouri’s veterans—our neighbors, friends, parents, and grandparents–were being hurt. When people are being hurt, and bureaucrats fail to act, fail to listen, and offer only excuses, we’re going to find out, and they are going to be replaced.”
Questions continue to circle around the minds of those in Missouri’s political realm concerning the alleged use of a text-deleting app by the Governor’s Office, and whether the Attorney General would investigate the claims. Attorney General Hawley stated that he was considering whether to use an independent investigator and would give an update soon.
On Thursday, Governor Eric Greitens praised Missouri’s Clean Water Commission for voting to open new farms in Missouri.
“My philosophy is simple: let farmers farm. We need more farms, more jobs, and less government. Our farmers and ranchers have dealt with government interference for too long. Those days are over. We’re getting government out of the way so that Missourians can create more jobs,” Greitens said.
The Governor’s Office also announced that the Missouri Children’s Division has been enrolled in a new study on foster parent recruitment and retention.
— Sheena Greitens (@SheenaGreitens) December 14, 2017
The Governor this week also appointed Michael Gilley as associate circuit judge for Camden County and appointed Joe Cornelison to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.