Governor Parson appointed Jessica Kruse as the Associate Circuit Judge for Christian County.

Governor Mike Parson announced today that the Missouri General Assembly will be called back in for a Special Session concurrent with Veto Session.  The Special Session will take place the week of September 10-14 and will focus on the passage of computer science course access and awareness of career opportunities through STEM education as well as expanding treatment courts in the State of Missouri.

Today, Governor Parson announces eight appointments to various boards and commissions. Kim Bailey, Todd Boland, Don Claycomb, Gwendolyn Grant, John Modest Miles, Gary Nodler, Allen Rowland, and Pat Thomas have all received appointments.

Today, Governor Parson appointed Judge Thomas N. Chapman to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Judge Chapman will succeed Judge James E. Welsh, who retired in March.

Merit reform legislation passed by the State of Missouri General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session takes effect today, giving the state greater flexibility in how it manages its workforce. The State of Missouri now has the ability to identify and implement new ways to attract the best-qualified job candidates and recognize employees’ superior performance. Ultimately, merit reform will allow the state to strengthen its teams within all 16 executive departments to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced Colonel Sandra Karsten as Director of the Department of Public Safety. Prior to her appointment, Karsten served 33 years at the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson hosted law enforcement officers and their families on Thursday evening. The dinner was held at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, where they honored the officers that had been shot and wounded in the line of duty last month.

Governor Mike Parson on Friday continued his commitment to finding solutions to ease the impact of the drought by announcing that more than $77,000 in state funding will be awarded to assist the drought-stricken City of Cameron and Caldwell County Public Water Supply Number 2.

Governor Mike Parson appointed Mark Welker as the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney. Welker won the August primary election and is running unopposed for the position in the November general election.

Today, Governor Parson appointed Robert Cornejo to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and additionally designated him Chair of the Commission. Prior to his appointment, Cornejo served as a member of the Missouri House, representing St. Charles and Lincoln Counties (District 64). He was elected to his first two-year term as a State Representative in November 2012.