Gov. Jay Nixon has replaced the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Nixon announced Friday that department director Jon Hagler had been replaced effective immediately.
The governor's announcement offered no explanation. But the change comes one day after the department's associate director for meat and poultry inspection distributed a letter saying she was resigning because of a hostile and disrespectful work environment.
Spokespeople for Nixon and the Agriculture Department did not return messages seeking further comment Friday.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected a new top legislative aide, tapping an official from the state's economic development agency.
The governor's office said Tuesday that Jason Zamkus will be Nixon's new legislative director. He replaces Daniel Hall who held the position since Nixon took office in 2009 and last week was appointed by the governor to the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Zamkus had been the deputy director of the state Department of Economic Development. He also was the agency's liaison to the state Legislature.
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed his top legislative aide to serve on a Missouri commission that regulates utility companies.
Nixon said Friday that he had appointed Daniel Hall to the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Hall, of Columbia, has served as the governor's legislative director since Nixon took office in 2009. Before that, Hall was a senior counsel to Nixon in the attorney general's office. He also has held various other positions in state government and worked as an attorney in private practice.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget. 215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri. Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.
The recent veto over-ride by the Missouri State Legislative of Senate Bill 9 will enact changes to the state’s animal abuse and neglect laws. As part of the legislation, it will now be considered a felony to steal cattle.
Senator David Pearce is a Republican representing Missouri’s 14th district. He says it was important for the Bill to be passed to provide protection for livestock owners.