Governor Jay Nixon appointed a senior advisor, John Watson, as temporary State Auditor after the death of Tom Schweich Thursday.
Watson will hold the position until the governor can make a permanent appointment, at which point Watson will resign. Watson has worked for Nixon since 1997.
The Auditor’s office was open for business Friday and released an annual report under Schweich’s name about property seizures by law enforcement agencies. The office is expected to continue to operate normally under Watson.